Catalyst Restaurant

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1425 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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.
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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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OpenTable 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
16 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
53 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
30 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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vipC4567
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food to service was perfect. They have a sommelier who is very knowledgeable to help choose wines. My husband and I went there for New Year Eve's dinner and really enjoyed it.

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SuzyQ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My sisters were finally coming into the city to meet me for a holiday lunch. With so many options to choose from, I figured catalyst was the safe bet.

Both of them thoroughly enjoyed their meals and also like the decor.

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent business dinner out. When do you accommodating staff have a cold and snowy night. We had a very nice time.

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RickC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food place and staff. One of my favorites for lunch in KS.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, but unfortunately they didn’t have chicken

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vipBennettS
New England
134 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu with many great choices and great service. Great place for a group and/or a special occasion.

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GideonH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, very professional service, with a correct set up for each course without the enjoying questions of who is eating what. The lightning was perfect and so was the music in the background.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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RobertS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived for dinner at 9:15pm and were served promptly but calmly despite the late hour, and had a delightful, well-attended vegetarian meal until well after 10pm when we departed the otherwise empty restaurant.

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LynnT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere. Attentive staff and delicious food.

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CKC1
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for our large group from a nearby conference. The restaurant was large so we weren't close to other tables where we felt our group was disturbing them.

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vipAnnW
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was quite wonderful and served beautifully. I recommend Catalyst without any reservation (and I mean regarding food or ambience).

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darkstar
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I felt the menu was promising more than the execution delivered.

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wolverine
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wanted to try somewhere we haven’t been. Wonderful discovery. Well made cocktail, good wine, and all aspects of the experience were terrific.

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JillL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant: clean, sleek & uncluttered. Interesting menu options. I had the spaghetti dish with jalapeño walnut pesto and parmesan, it was so good!!! I would recommend this spot for a very unproblematic night out.

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johno
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One dish was not quite up to their standards—but everything else was exceptional

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Greatness
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, elegant space, good but expensive foos

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Services was great. Friendly and helpful. Some of the food were under seasoned. my friends were somewhat disappointed given the high reviews.

KM
vipKarenM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect spot for a business lunch in busy Kendall Square!

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Catalyst Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 576-3000.

Catalyst Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1425 OpenTable diners.

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