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About Catalyst Restaurant

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.

300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French

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

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 576-3000

Website:
http://www.catalystrestaurant.com/

Catering:
events@catalystrestaurant.com

Parking Details:
We validate parking at Technology Square Garage (800 Technology Square)

Public Transit:
Red Line Kendall/MIT

Executive Chef:
William Kove

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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

Private Dining

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

Catalyst Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (9)
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Special Occasion (8)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Parsnip soup both bland and too salty. Chicken was steamed, not crispy. Menu items unavailable not told until ordered. Mediocre experience. No reason to return.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ordered a burger, which oozed so much grease and moisture that it turned the surrounding bun into mush. Attempting to grasp and consume it, of course, transferred the various drippings to my hands. The accompanying French fries were also notable for their grease. One might think that would be obvious to the kitchen staff, which would prepare the meat differently and find a way to produce drier potatoes. Many other restaurants do. The service was quite good, but its memory fell far short of the greasy aftertaste of the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food, outstanding service, very pleasant environment, split shared dishes for us. Unique combination of all the things that matter when you are out for a special occasion.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at Catalyst. Dined with friends and we did a lot of sharing of plates. With the sharing I was able to try a wide variety of items on the menu; burger, salmon, octopus, lobster ravioli, bone marrow toast, burrata salad, and a few other items. Everything was absolutely delicious and served up with exceptional hospitality by Ryan. Ryan had a great sense of humor and was attentive, but not intrusive. Drinks from the bar were perfect. Hope to return soon. Give it a try !

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I want to like Catalyst. The space is nice, the tables are separated out well, lots of windows. But the food quality is just soooo incredibly inconsistent. I initially thought it was due to my choices (some dishes 10x better than others). But I've gone to brunch and got the same thing (omelet) and had extremely different quality of dishes. I've never had an omelet so overcooked and dry before (when it was supposed to be simple, filled with cheese). And one would think that would be one of the simpler dishes to redo if you overcook it.
The mimosa bar at brunch is cute, but the service can be mixed. We asked what the juices are and the server began to taste the juice in front of us to see what the different flavors were. It was kind of an awkward event, watching/waiting for someone drink juices.
The dinner and lunch options can be creative, but once again, the food quality is really really inconsistent. Waiter/host service can vary in level of snootiness as well.
Surprisingly not a relaxing way to have a meal out, especially given the prices.
To give them credit, they do accommodate gluten free pretty well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Catalyst is one of our favorite places - the menu changes and we're never disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

all four of us were very pleased with the main course.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a great time at Catalyst for my wife's birthday with some friends. The food was excellent, I appreciated the commitment to locally sourced ingredients. The presentation was stunning and I felt the prices were reasonable for the high quality. It was warm, cozy and inviting and the decor was unique. Our Server Andrew was great. He was engaging and knowledgeable. Great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

slow service
food was not that great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Made a reservation for a Saturday (10/14/17) night earlier that day. Was surprised to get one seeing as it was the same day! We were a little late for our reservation but they sat us right away. Someone came over with water right away. We then waited for at least 20 min for a server to come over. We had to flag down the water guy and ask him for a server since no one had come over yet. In this time the 2 tables next to us were sat, given water and bread and had their server come over. Ours finally came over and took our drink and starter order. He was awful. Made the mistake of telling us he was moving back to CA and was giving his notice the next day. Clearly he had mentally checked out already. We had 2 bottles of rose` and he managed to spill it twice while pouring. I was with 2 friends and we all have 15+ years in this business. He was an embarrassment to the establishment. The 2 tables next to us got their food and drinks before we got our starters (they had a different server). It was well over an hour by the time we got to the actual entrees.The manager also went by those tables to check in. She never came to our table. If she had we would've told her everything I've just written here. The only minor saving grace was that the food was amazing. I'd definitively go back again. At least I know that server won't still be working there.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoyed our food and our evening out. Our waiter was very helpful and the bar drinks were yummy!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great selection of eclectic food... so many wonderful choices. We had the seasonal beet salad -- superb! followed by delicious and perfectly cooked grilled octopus with pickled onions, potatoes and then some outstanding ribs with kohlrabi slaw. Generous portions along with a very attentive waitstaff and delicious wines AND we could easily have a conversation without straining our voices (!) thank you (!!) This was my 2nd visit -- will come back more often.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Well executed, familiar food, not a super interesting menu, but that's good for non-adventurous eaters. Good for a nice meal out with parents. Was never asked if I wanted a second drink

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

excellent fish-the cod was sensational; good service; nice wine list and knowledgeable sommelier

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The cocktails and appetizers were delicious. I especially liked the lightness of the potato puffs. The parsnip soup was very good but I was a little disappointed in the orchiette

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had a lovely lunch here. The carrot-ginger soup was delicious, as was the BBQ chicken sandwich. This is a great place for a business lunch: close to Kendall Square, popular but quiet enough to talk without shouting. The service was fast and we appreciated our server's professional and friendly manner.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Sadly my wife and I don't live there new executive chef. The dishes we love are gone and the new ones just aren't as good.

In short, brunch at Catalyst used to be over the top good, and now it's just meh.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Lives up to all the hype.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Catalyst is ALWAYS very good to excellent! The service is perfection. The drinks delicious. And food ... oh the food!!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Smart restaurant with attentive and friendly but not in-your-face staff. Very delicious chowder. I would go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ate at Catalyst on last minute anniversary reservation. Saturday's seem to be a quieter night. We were greeted immediately and they say us right away. Our server, Dan, was prompt, knowledgeable, and helpful. We had soup, an appetizer, and entrees. The beet appetizer was good if not too much food, the corn soup with lobster salad was awesome. Our entrees, both of the seafood variety, were cooked perfectly. I thought there was a good selection not too much that everything gets murky. Our only complaint really was the scraping of the wooden legged chairs across the concrete floors was really loud and jarring. Some felt would make a big difference.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent service and food! The space had a great atmosphere for both discussing work matters and leisurely banter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fabulous time at Catalyst! Celebrating an anniversary. Food was excellent and chef sent us 2 veggie dishes that were great. Server sent 2 glasses of champagne as well. Cocktails were terrific. Server was great, knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Catalyst is one of our special occasion restaurants. If we lived closer, it would be a neighborhood gem. We've never had a bad meal here. The waitstaff is friendly and professional.
They can describe every dish in detail and have a genuine interest in the food they serve. The bar is excellent.
We went there to celebrate our anniversary. We split the heirloom tomato appetizer. Lovely flavors. We'd never had the Catalyst burger so we thought it would be fun to order it. The beef was delicious. The fries were perfect---tasty and crisp. The homemade dipping sauces were delicious, especially the aioli. I should have requested that the bacon be left out--too much meat in one bun and the flavors competed with each other. I know it's a popular combination,but not to my taste. And, although delicious initially, the brioche bun was too soft to handle all the meat and fillings and became mushy.
But I'm glad I tried it! Next time I will order one of the fish dishes, as I usually do.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

I was disappointed with the menu selection as well as quality of the food. We arrived early on a Saturday and despite the fact that a special table had been requested and it was nearly empty, we were led to a poor table near the kitchen area.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We've been to catalyst many times and love the food and ambience. This Friday was very busy and we thought the service was slow even as tables near us emptied out. The persimmon and buratta salad was excellent, as was the mushroom ravioli.
The wine list does not offer a good selection of moderately priced wine.
The decor is contemporary and fun, and we'll hope to have a more even time when we return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2016

I've been to the restaurant twice now, and had similar experiences. The food is quite good, though a bit pricey (as are the drinks). The atmosphere is nice enough. But each time I've dined here, the waitstaff seem to just want to rush you out the door. We were not yet finished with our entrees when in the span of 5 minutes three different people tried to remove our plates.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Convenient to MIT. Good food. Very helpful wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Excellent experience at Catalyst! LOVED the brunch menu - highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The soup we ordered didn't have much flavor. My pats dish was just buttery. Definitely not worth the price.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Met friends for a relaxed comfortable dinner and was surprised with great food and drink - comfortable atmosphere - not rushed - good choices between our children's colleges- will remember this.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Catalyst is a spectacular restaurant! My wife and I absolutely loved the atmosphere and decor, so it was very comfortable. We could easily hear our conversation without hearing too much of those near us which is very important. The food was nothing less than amazing! My wife has food allergies and they accommodated so very well. It is always a challenge for us to find someplace that she can eat. Now we have one that we can put near the top of our list! The staff was extremely friendly and the service was very fast! I would highly recommend catalyst to anyone for just about any occasion… A date, gathering of friends, business luncheon, or even a party!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2016

tasty but pricey, even for Kendall Square

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 23, 2016

A good place for a Sunday evening business meal. The quiet, elegant setting is good for conversation. The menu offers a wide variety of interesting choices.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2016

I recently went to Catalyst for my birthday with family. One of my guests has extreme food allergies and couldn't find anything on the menu to eat. The waitress promptly notified the kitchen and within moments one of the chefs (Skylar) appeared to custom make an absolutely delicious meal that catered to his allergies. It was the best meal I have ever experienced (Amazing service, delicious fresh food, accommodating, and very classy!). I have subsequently added this restaurant to my favorites list and go quite often, never disappointed, and always pleasantly surprised. This is a must visit restaurant in the heart of Kendall Sq (not even a 5min walk from the T stop).

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Our first time here and they were very accommodating and service focused. Our server, Dan, did an outstanding job. Food was tasty and with requested additions that they accommodated.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Soups were outstanding. Service was a bit off but complimentary dessert offset that.
Definitely would go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2016

Hosts were wonderful - very helpful, welcoming and friendly. I have a lot of business lunches in the area but today was there with a young baby in a stroller and the hosts were super helpful rushing to open doors etc. I'll bring more clients there now.

On the apps - it would be nice to have some shareable options.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

I really want to give this a great review. The place is gorgeous and the menu is creative and makes you drool just reading it. That said, the service was friendly but scattered and slow. Moreover, the pasta special that looked amazing on the specials board had to be sent back and redone because it was so bland. While round two was better, they should have gotten it right the first time. Also, having special ordered a birthday cake, we were surprised and disappointed that they neglected to order it. Perhaps a simple oversight, perhaps incompetence. Either way, annoying. While they gave us credit for several items as recompense, that wasn't really the point. I wasnt in the mood for a discount. I wanted a chocolate birthday cake for my son. Booooo!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Couldn't you provide soothing music for dining?Dare I suggest classical? People want to talk and listen to each other, not to high energy, rather too loud music.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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