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Catalyst Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1546 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 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 1,546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Celebrating a birthday
  2. G

    Goodiegirl

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a staff holiday lunch at Catalyst. Great food, terrific wait staff, nice ambiance. Thanks!
  3. FL

    FrancescaL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Black people beware. We received absolutely horrendous service. And two different (underline and italicize different) people sat down and I watched them received what was the star treatment, in comparison to us. And mind you I tipped 20% just so they can't say black people don't tip, but this waitress deserved a lot less. Granted the manger did take our drink order, but beyond that I can't say much anything else positive. The manager did say it was a busy night, but if she can't provide service on a busy night maybe she should not be on the schedule those days.
  4. JF

    JenniferF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great lunch! there was many options- it was hard to pick. Service was great. Would recommend
  5. FT

    FrancisT

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Our server, Matt, was excellent. The tables were spaces perfectly. It was terrific to be in a restaurant that with good sound control; it was so nice to be able to have a pleasant table conversation. The food was below average. The focaccia appetizer was four pieces of stale bread for $8. One guest had beef tournedos which were very good. The hamburgers were tasteless. The cauliflower steak was a horrible attempt at providing a vegetarian option. Incredible waste of $25.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!!!! Highly recommend it for a celebration!!! We celebrated my boyfriends birthday 🥳 and the resturent give us dessert on the house 🥳so nice and amazing!!
  7. HH

    HallHall

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and attentive service in a cool setting
  8. C

    Charlie

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we had excellent service and good food. ! would definitely go back.
  9. PG

    PhyllisG

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always feel good about our experience at Catalyst. Last night was no different - excellent service, great food.
  10. AB

    AnnB

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    I always have enjoyed my times at Catalyst. Last night was no exception, but with a couple of issues. The brussel sprouts salad was very salty; not sure if it was the lemon dressing, to which a heavy hand of salt was added, or overall. I did not bring it to the attention of our server, as I did not want my guest to feel uncomfortable, but I did make a comment to him with regard to the level of salt and he agreed. Also, it was a rather busy night, at the bar and seated areas, so the noise level was energetic because of that. But, as the evening progressed the music got louder or more intense. Conversation was affected by the fact that one need to listen intently to hear what the other was saying. Overall we enjoyed our time at Catalyst. This truly was the first time experiencing any issue.
  11. t

    tomasop

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very reliable, good, consistent, wonderful broccoli!
  12. b

    brucec

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Decent dips. Mostly greasy food of low quality. Chicken sandwich with uncooked skin.
  13. ZL

    ZoeL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The entrees were fabulous, however the pumpkin creme brulee was not very good, too thick and not a creme brulee
  14. PG

    PhyllisG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catalyst is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and the waitstaff is always attentive and aims to please. At this point on time , I also appreciate the fact that tables are thoughtfully arranged so each one has plenty of space from the next.
  15. MM

    MargieM

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catalyst restaurant never disappoints - it is consistently excellent with personable servers and delicious meals!
  16. C

    Chickenlady

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, atmosphere, service!
  17. P

    Pinkfoodie

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Our server was Matthew a super attentive young man from Houston TX. He was very kind and had a great attention to detail.
  18. DF

    DumbFormRequiresCharacte

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Disappointed in the slip in service and the lack of care in plating and presentation.
  19. PN

    PaulN

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The lamb is highly recommended by the staff but were very chewy, probably a cheap cut. Very disappointing experience.😔
  20. DT

    DinnerforTwo

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic post-movie dinner. The food was superb and the service was equally excellent.
  21. MB

    MoBee

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Catalyst is a fabulous restaurant with talented mixologists.
  22. JD

    JesseD

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for staff lunch. Food was overall quite good. Service was great as well. Nice outdoor seating.
  23. WH

    WilliamH

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I worked in Cambridge I regularly had special dinners or lunches at Catalyst. I have not been back for about 2.5 years due to the pandemic. Catalyst is just as good as ever. A fine meal, well served, good wine and a good time.
  24. d

    dave

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Catalyst. We have eaten there numerous times. Great food. Great service and just a really nice venue.
  25. r

    reviewer

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    We've been coming here for years, and this was the first truly disappointing experience at Catalyst. We understand staffing shortages mean service may be imperfect, so we'll overlook that. BUT the food? The salad was over salted and over dressed, leaving oily leaves stuck to the plate. The chicken liver pate was bland, even the mustard served with it lacked bite. The french fries have changed from the signature we loved--thicker cut and not crispy this time. And the baked alaska that blew us away over the summer was downright bad this time. Catalyst, what happened?
  26. j

    jpschatz

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice space in Cambridge. We had a reservation and were seated right away. brussel sprout salad was large enough for sharing and was delicious. The butternut squash agnolotti was also great. 2 sizes - so great to have options! Only ding was for the water service. We were asked if we wanted still or sparkling and responded still. They brought us a bottle instead of serving us and it was a "purchase" bottle instead of tap. Then brought a second without asking and opened it before asking. The prices were fine, but just felt that wasn't handled properly given experiences at other restaurants where they give you a clear choice - tap or bottled.
  27. l

    ladybird

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    All the servers were wonderful and we loved sitting outside under the lights and near the heater on a mild night. Most of the food, however, was disappointing and for that reason I wouldn't go back or recommend. Even the truffle fries were meh, the fried artichokes were cold, the fish dish was only OK, the best was the butternut squash dish, a very tasty maincourse. The baked alaska dessert was fun and again, the servers were all wonderful.
  28. SF

    SueF

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Very attentive with out hovering or feeling rushed. Food is imaginative and beautifully prepared. We had a delightful evening.
  29. B

    Budleigh

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service but it was noisy and we had to shout at our dinner companions to be heard.
  30. LD

    LouD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we hadn't been back in a few years, they are better than ever, always wonderful food and exceptional service. they are the hidden gem of Cambridge!
  31. HK

    HowardK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was good but appetizers were a bit small and hard to share. The room was very noisy and service was friendly but slow.
  32. WM

    WilliamM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Wow, that was terrible. I got the Vegetable Tamale. It was molded ball of mush. No flavor, no vegetables, just some beans sprinkled around the side. No way should that be on a menu anywhere, much less for $22.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Come to this resto if you want to impress somebody! Out server was Matthew - his service was impeccable. Our glasses were being filled, he’s on point with filling our wine and checking in on us. He was not intrusive and interacted appropriate with us. Love it that the pasta dishes had 2 sizes - small and big.
  34. DF

    DaliaF

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great service attentive and helpful
  35. J

    John

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the menu interesting and the food was artisticlly plated and very tasty.Our server, Dan was attentive fun to chat with. The manager Brian, made the rounds to make sure we were enjoying our evening. A great place. High ceilings, not crowded a very airy feeling. There is also some out door dining, weather permitting. We have been there before and will certainily return.
  36. R

    Runcis

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu. Great service. Good place to meet and converse.
  37. UL

    UncleLouie

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Shishito Peppers, Focaccia was OK, Pork chop was great, but sides were under seasoned. Lamb special was a good flavor, but a little tough. Chicken was average. Wine of the week was good but $20/glass.
  38. A

    Arygjohc

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Drinks and appetizers were pretty good. Vegetarian tamale entre was incredibly bland, and absurdly priced. Service was great and location was nice.
  39. S

    Slipperyslope

    New England

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was good and interesting. However, both of our entrees needed more seasoning, surprisingly, including more salt. If the chef doesn't like to use much salt, there should be salt on the table, and there wasn't. The chairs were comfortable and the tables afforded privacy. The room was a little boomy because of the high ceilings. Waiter was attentive and had a good manner.
  40. AC

    AdamC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team at Catalyst provided everything I could have asked for in a premier dining experience... attentive and prompt service, impeccable attention to detail, delicious food, and a relaxing boutique atmosphere. I can't wait to return.

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

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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 1546 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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