Catalyst Restaurant

4.6
1458 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Catalyst is hibernating for the winter! We plan to take this time to curate unique and thoughtful Popup experiences that we will share on our social media. During this hibernation period, we are still available for catering and continue to book future events. If you would like to plan an event or an intimate gathering, please contact Robyn Yee our Director of Events at robyn.yee@catalystrestaurant.com.

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

We look forward to welcoming you back in the spring


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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1458 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjack
New England
590 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A perfect setting for a business meeting or social event with quality food , well prepared. A bit disappointed with lemon curd tart as was more like a "flowing lemon liquid" not cooked!

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vipteenamarie
New England
29 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on all levels. Food and ingredients crazy delicious and fresh. Chef owned and you can taste the passion and love! I think this is the best restaurant in Boston/Cambridge!!

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BMar617
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Service was great! Glad they are reopen!!
Will be back

MB
vipMoBee
New England
55 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with The Undecided cocktail which was absolutely delicious. We then shared an app of bruschetta. My friend had Bologna’s & I had a cavatelle. We shared a dark chocolate fondant, for desert & were extremely satisfied with the entire experience!!!

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SMeg
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was excellent and helpful. Food was good, just a bit expensive. Do recommend going all the same.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio - service was excellent from Carlos. We had 7 different dishes (including appetizers) and all of them were very good.

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CantabFoodie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Outdoor setup is pleasant. Service was attentive. Really enjoyed ourselves. The hamburger is a treat.

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vipFoodiedmp
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite being short staffed the existing crew did a fabulous job on a busy Saturday evening. Food was excellent; Drinks were a little pricy; but, we will definitely return.

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AndreaP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails, wine and food was absolutely amazing. Every part of my chicken entree was cooked perfectly and the flavor was phenomenal. Sitting at the bar with Jay is highly recommended!!! Cant wait to go back

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Lauren
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal! Loved all of the super fresh and seasonal menu options. Highly recommend!

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vipYusufN
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

The venison and pickled persimmon salad I saw online was not available to order. I was fasting for Ramadan and hoping for a quiet dinner at sundown, but very noisy and obnoxious biotech individuals were having loud discussions. I would have preferred elevator music to their cackle. For the price and the selection, the experience was somewhat painful. Very nice and patient waiters and excellent service, but not likely to revisit.

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vipjustmeinBoston
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A place right by the window - incredible drinks, a delicious burger (I know, not a fancy order but it was amazing) and incredible wait staff. Loved the experience!

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RosanneS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We opened catalyst on the very first day they opened after the shutdown. They were GREAT to us. When we go again I'll ask to sit indoor as it is lovely near the fireplace

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DavidL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was excellent. Personable, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu.

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Regold
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice place and the food was so delicious!

LA
vipLeeAnnB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service. They have an upgraded ventilation system and some outdoor heaters too.

AJ
AJma
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. This was dinner with a friend. Neither of us had been to Catalyst before. The service was professional, great ambience, good social distancing in the dining room. Lovely variety in the menu. Both of us will be back. It was a terrific evening.

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vipNico
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service

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AnthonyL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent job with outdoor seating for lunch. Food was excellent

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DONNAA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, 2 tables of 4 - very accommodating. Staff was great and food was delicious. They even validate parking :) Definitely will go back and recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this placed and missed it when it was closed! Really hope they are able to survive COVID!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. The loungey outdoor setting is artfully done, and the food lovingly executed. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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Alie
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely patio with trees and blue sky to enjoy delicious food in these crazy pandemic times. I highly recommend

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kitttttt
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our lunch tacos were great1 Excellent fries as well. Drinks were a bit pricey but tasty; the only disappointment was a watermelon "salad" for $12 that was 8 small squares (less than 1 inch by 1 inch) of watermelon - very nicely garnished and dressed but SERIOUSLY???
It in no way was a salad, possibly an "amuse bouche" ... should have been a $5 charge at most -

Based on the price of this dinner item, I would probably NOT try the restaurant for dinner - there is no way that was a first course for one person, never mind a shareable plate for a table.
Service was great; safety standards were well maintained.

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kukaduro
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am glad the Catalyst is back to business even under these dire circumstances. The service and the food was great. We sat outside under the trees. Lovely.

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vipneighborhoodlocal
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with lots of distancing. The food and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent menu, great service. Can’t wiSt to go back. And the wine list was outstanding.

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Bora
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing culinary experience as usual! Nothing short of perfection. Catalyst is gem of Cambridge and New England.

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christine
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and people always outstanding. Best restaurant in Cambridge and Boston. By far.

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vipMarkinBoston
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back since they reopened since COVID closing in March. Enjoyed the food and service. Was seated outside as they are not seating inside.

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JonS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new pre fix menu, well adapted for these tougher times! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service!!

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DanielleR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
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
26 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

LD
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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Anthony
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was decent. Went here with a specific dish in mind due to food restrictions. When ordering was told they were out of that but still put together a dish for me. It wasn’t bad but not what I was looking for. Drinks were also very small and expensive.

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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.

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 4.6 stars by 1458 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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