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Catalyst Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Catalyst Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1650 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 Kendall Square and 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. In addition to restaurant seating, Catalyst offers a full menu at the bar, along with a specialty bar menu.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, corporate dinners and holiday parties. 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, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,650 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

1,650 Reviews
  1. Jesus

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I like the place and location as well as the service. However, I missed attention to detail in the elaboration of the food (both a “meh” corn clam chowder and a Catalyst salad).

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  2. jack

    Greater Boston

    661 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    661 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wide selection of VEGAN options. The Tofu vegetable stir fry was well seasoned but vegetables slightly overcooked. Efficient friendly service even on a busy night.

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  3. Mikey

    Greater Boston

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate outside - which was lovely - but the seats were somewhat uncomfortable. The food was very nicely prepared and very good.

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    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food on our anniversary. Staff gave us a complimentary flute of rosé and a dessert, excellent service and really delicious focaccia, pasta, and halibut.

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  5. DianaB

    Greater Boston

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great restaurant and service. enjoyable menu and food.

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  6. mattw

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing. Literally zero complaints. The pot de crème was the best dessert I’ve ever had. Our waitress was so cool. Will be back for sure.

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  7. DavidC

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful dining room. Food was hit or miss. We ordered a roasted spring onions special appetizer plate to share at the table and it was just (barely) roasted spring onions that were impossible to cut with a fork and knife without and had no or very little sauce or significant seasoning. Difficult to eat. The blue cod special was tasty. Our server was charming but somewhat distracted. Overall just an average lunch at a restaurant we were hoping would have been more enjoyable.

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  8. EatMoreMooseAK

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Interesting restaurant in Technology Square oriented towards nearby, err, technology workers. Decorated in New Technology style, which means deep carpet, neutral tones, open spaces, widely separated tables, bare walls, quiet. We were there for Mother's Day. Perhaps because technology workers at the high end of the game don't cherish this day, the place was almost full by 1:30 then emptied out. Buffet was excellent as were the choice of mains. Almost too many buffet choices but truly fine offerings of all kinds of salads, appetizers, tea sandwiches, etc. Kid friendly and they had a kids menu (pretty uninspiring but that's what they want until their palate develops) and manned flower-making station just for the little ones. Service was very, very good.. At $500 for four adults and two children (including tip, no drinks except coffee, which was excellent) it was right priced, in my opinion.

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  9. KOPRAS

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Mother’s Day brunch was a total ripoff. Charged extra for sparkling water and Lemonade. Put a gratuity charge with no warning. Good was mediocre. All for 100 + per person.

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  10. JohnS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mother's day brunch was just O.K. Wife ordered "Crispy Salmon" that was far from, wet and soft disappointment. Plenty of seating in various quiet and Mother's day decorated areas of the restaraunt, but we were seated by the kitchen doors and bustling bar. At one point saw a tea sandwich tower brought out then whisked away never to be seen again. YMMV

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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 4.4 stars by 1650 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 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 576-3000
  • Catering
    events@catalystrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    Beautiful custom weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, & post nuptial brunches, corporate dinners and holiday parties. Seamless planning, award winning modern American cuisine & flawless execution
  • Private party contact
    Robyn Yee & Anne Fedak: (617) 576-3004
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