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Catalyst Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1502 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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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

Menu

Soup + Snacks

  • Butternut Squash Soup$11.00

    red curry, coconut milk, candied pepitas

    • Fried Cauliflower$13.00

      pinenuts, espelette, lime juice, honey labneh

      • Catalyst French Fries$8.00

        ketchup

        Salads

        Add: Chicken, Grilled Shrimp or Falafel to Any Salad for an additional $8

        • Pickled Persimmon Salad$12.00

          frise, red endive, fennel, saffron vinaigrette

          • Arugula and Date Salad$13.00

            arugula, medjool dates, blue cheese, apples, orange vinaigrette

            • Mixed Greens Salad$13.00

              balsamic vinaigrette, turkey figs, crispy prosciutto, pine nuts, shaved parmesan

              Pasta

              • Beet and Goat Cheese Ravioli$16.00

                capers, arugula

                • Fusilli Bolognese$16.00

                  pork bolognese, mascarpone, basil, parmesan

                  Main Plates

                  • Roasted Blue Cod$18.00

                    bacon, mussels, local clams, olive oil crushed potatoes, chowder herb nage

                    • Catalyst Burger*$20.00

                      bacon, cheddar, caramelized onions, heirloom tomato

                      • Fish Tacos$15.00

                        white fish, pico de gallo, guacamole, sriracha aïoli, corn tortillas

                        • Turkey BLT$15.00

                          bacon, avocado, bibb lettuce, heirloom tomato, garlic aïoli

                          • Spinach Falafel Wrap$15.00

                            sesame yogurt, house pickles, arugula, flour tortilla

                            • Fried Chicken Sandwich$15.00

                              green tomato relish, lettuce, tarragon oil

                              Dessert

                              • Lemon Tart$10.00

                                pine nut butter, rosemary syrup

                                • Waffle Sundae$10.00

                                  bananas foster, rum brown sugar ice cream, candied pecans

                                  • Ice Cream or Sorbet$10.00

                                    chef's daily offering of homemade ice cream or sorbet

                                    Cold Beverages

                                    • House Lemonade$5.00

                                      • Iced Tea$4.50

                                        • Soft Drinks$3.50

                                          • Still/Sparkling Voss Water

                                            • 27.05 oz$7.00

                                          Hot Beverages

                                          • Illy Drip Coffee$4.00

                                            regular or decaf

                                            • Espresso$5.00

                                              • Capuccino or Latte$6.00

                                                • Damman Teas$4.00

                                                  china green, jasmine green, earl grey, darjeeling, mint, chamomile, 4 fruits, rooibos citrus, rooibos chai

                                                  Cocktails, Beer & Wine

                                                    Cocktails

                                                    • Spirit & Opportunity$16.00

                                                      four roses bourbon, amaro dell'enta, honey bitters, fig jam

                                                      • Beaker & Bunsen$16.00

                                                        peloton mezcal, pomegranate, cassoni, lime

                                                        • What's Up Doc?$16.00

                                                          absolut elyx vodka, st. germaine, shortpath apple brandy, dry vermouth

                                                          • Circuit Breaker$16.00

                                                            coffee-infused rum, vanilla syrup, sweet vermouth

                                                            • Hal 9000$16.00

                                                              beefeater gin, grapefruit, hibiscus tea syrup, cava

                                                              Beer

                                                              • Bitburger Premium Pilsner$8.00

                                                                • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale$9.00

                                                                  • Cisco Grey Lady Wheat Ale$8.00

                                                                    • Allagash White Belgian Wheat Ale$8.00

                                                                      • Collective Arts Ransack the Universe IPA$10.00

                                                                        • Bells Two Hearted Ale IPA$11.00

                                                                          • Lord Hobo Life IPA$8.00

                                                                            • Delirium Tremens$15.00

                                                                              • Aval Hard Cider$10.00

                                                                                • Stowe Dry Cider$10.00

                                                                                  Wines by the Glass

                                                                                  • NV Segura Vidas Aria Cava, Penedes, Spain$14.00

                                                                                    • 2016 Truchard Chardonnay, Carneros, California$15.00

                                                                                      • 2018 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, Oregon$15.00

                                                                                        • 2018 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc, Carneros, California$13.00

                                                                                          • 2017 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir, Willamette, Oregon$15.00

                                                                                            • 2015 Marques de Murrietta Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain$15.00

                                                                                              • 2017 la Manarine Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France$14.00

                                                                                                • 2017 Pendroncelli Cab. Sauvignon, Napa, California$15.00

                                                                                                  • 2017 Pertinance Nebbiolo, Langhe, Italy$13.00

                                                                                                    • 2017 Ridge Three Valey Zinfandel, Napa, California$18.00

                                                                                                      • 2014 Burgess Cellars Topography Merlot, Napa, California$18.00

                                                                                                        Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                                        What 1,502 people are saying

                                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                        4.5
                                                                                                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                        • 4.4Food
                                                                                                        • 4.5Service
                                                                                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                                                                                        • 4.1Value

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                                                                                                          BillM

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The service and food was great! Beautiful dining area, very open, airy and comfortable. We’ll go back!

                                                                                                        2. HH

                                                                                                          HaroldH

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Good food, nice surroundings and ambiance. Slightly slow service, overall very good.

                                                                                                        3. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                          We came for our five year anniversary because we had lunch here five years ago when we married. The food was excellent. However the service was just so so. We ordered sparkling wine and the waitress brought us wine glasses. Then she brought us the wrong bottle of wine. We had a toddler with us and no straw cup and crayons were offered until we asked. And when the food was served, no plate for my toddler and people just acted like he was not there. So we needed to ask for everything for our kid though we specified in the booking that we had a kid with us. When we ordered dessert, the wrong dessert was served, though we were not charged for the wrong plate. Just a lot going on for one meal. Don’t think we will come back for our 10 year anniversary lol. Again the food was great.

                                                                                                        4. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                          It was dinner with 4 classmates. Everything is good but they took longer time to serve drink. This is the only thing they should improve.

                                                                                                        5. AR

                                                                                                          AndreaR

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          14 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          14 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Went to Catalyst for Mother’s Day brunch. Food was top notch and very fresh. Selection was amazing - from crepes, to pasta, to salmon Wellington, to dumplings! It was all delicious!

                                                                                                        6. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Orlando

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Mother’s Day brunch

                                                                                                        7. F

                                                                                                          Funfoodie

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                          All the hot food was cold and it tasted like it had been sitting

                                                                                                        8. T

                                                                                                          Tyro

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          After 2 years of pandemic restrictions this is our first open buffet brunch to celebrate Mother's Day with family and friends. Large interior, well-designed tables, pleasant staff members, plenty of food, good taste. Cottoncandy is something they served, which we have to mention since it has been an easy 40 years since I last tasted it!

                                                                                                        9. LM

                                                                                                          LeviM

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The food, staff and atmosphere was amaaaaaazing. Delicious, clan and friendly.

                                                                                                        10. LM

                                                                                                          LevM

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          This place is a hidden GEM! I've worked in Cmabridge for 16 years and it's been here for 10 years and I didn't know of it. I took my mom, aunts, sister-in law and female friends here for Mother's Dy Bruch and it wasn't anything short of amazing. The ease of making and adjusting the reservation to add more people - which resulted in a private area for 12 people! :) We felt so special and the area was a bit secluded from the main dining room which was perfect for us. The food was delicious, the ambience was beautiful and the staff were attentive and AMAZING! The hostess that assisted me from changing the reservation, to setting us up the day of - I forgot her name but THNAK YOU!! I appreciate you! The new manger Ryan, it was a pleasure meeting you and good luck! We met him as well and he was a real gentleman. The buffet spread was nice and the popcorn and cotton candy for the kids was a cute idea!!

                                                                                                        11. SB

                                                                                                          ShadyB

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                          They seemed overwhelmed by a large party, and the service was slow. Our waiter was trying his best, but the experience was a bit underwhelming for my clients who thought it took too long food and dessert to be served.

                                                                                                        12. BM

                                                                                                          BarbaraM

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Great business lunch spot. Menus has something for everyone, reasonably priced. Portions are generous and the food is well prepared. Tables well spaced to allow for conversation and outdoor seating options are perfect for an al fresco treat.

                                                                                                        13. t

                                                                                                          teenamarie

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          35 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          35 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Always the best dining experience on the Northeast. The food is ALWAYS exceptional on all levels. The service is wonderful. It is truly my favorite place to go for great food and a wonderful time!

                                                                                                        14. DB

                                                                                                          DBPaleo

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Excellent service and delicious food!

                                                                                                        15. CM

                                                                                                          CMP111

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                          We went for the Easter Brunch and they did a very nice job. The buffet had everything; raw bar, carving station, salads, pasta, omelet bar, breakfast items, pastries and desserts. Service was very good. They kept coming around to clear plates etc. They added the tip in, which we thought was fine. It was definitely worth the money.

                                                                                                        16. MK

                                                                                                          MelisaK

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall2food2service5ambience3

                                                                                                          I was really looking forward to this buffet for Easter, since it was the top one in an article of “Top 10 Easter Buffets in Boston”- but if this is top, I would hate to see bottom. There was nothing more special than any other Sunday buffet. . .accept the staff ( who were very pleasant no roast beef at all, and my husband’s eggs Benedict could have been used as a hockey puck! Other upscale local buffets were around $150 pp, but, at least, this was ONLY $65 PP. There was no complimentary champagne; we don’t drink, but for many that is a serious draw. All alcohol was extra- only coffee, water, and fruit juice came with the Buffett price. The ambiance was ok ( felt rather like a hotel conference room), but no real charm. I’m sorry, but cupcakes with Peeps on top is not my idea of a specialty dessert. All in all, the Catalyst is NOT my idea of fine dining, and I won’t be back.

                                                                                                        17. W

                                                                                                          Wendy

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                          We went to the Easter Brunch. The spread was very nice. The food were executed very well. Had a great time. Will be back!

                                                                                                        18. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Easter Brunch

                                                                                                        19. MA

                                                                                                          MaryAnn

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Very nice brunch for Easter Sunday at a very reasonable price!

                                                                                                        20. JZ

                                                                                                          JZie

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                          overall1food1service4ambience2

                                                                                                          Thought it would be chic. The Branzino was dry and tasteless. No sauce nothing g - had to request olive oil, salt , pepper abs lemon for a $37 dish to be edible. Roasted carrots to share that should have come with the entree came as an appetizer . Bread was a separate fee with the soup ?! All tasteless !!!! This would NEVER fly in New York.

                                                                                                        21. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Philadelphia

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Food and drinks were all amazing and the portion size was perfect. I’m not typically a dessert person but couldn’t pass up the cranberry/orange tart- it did not disappoint!

                                                                                                        22. F

                                                                                                          Francesca

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Interesting choice of good and excellent service. The food was good. I would definitely return.

                                                                                                        23. d

                                                                                                          dann

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Haven't been there in at least five years. Drinks are still creative and delicious. Menu has largely changed since we last visited -- very nice. I had the cod, which has been there in some form or other since the beginning. Wonderful. Appetizers (mussels / liver pate) were fantastic.

                                                                                                        24. CB

                                                                                                          CraigB

                                                                                                          Seattle

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Our server Steven was attentive and so welcoming.

                                                                                                        25. t

                                                                                                          tomasop

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Reliable, good food! Unfortunately prices are up almost 50% wrt before Covid

                                                                                                        26. CL

                                                                                                          CLARISAE

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                          Great food. Very nice ambiance. We had a lovely family dinner

                                                                                                        27. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing services and great food.

                                                                                                        28. SJ

                                                                                                          SandJ

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          33 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          33 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Nice midday lunch, not too busy at this time. Very attentive server, good food choices. My friend had never been to Catalyst ( I’ve been many times) and enjoyed her kale salad with tofu.

                                                                                                        29. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food3service4ambience1

                                                                                                          Food was good…Music was not good at all. Poor choice of music for such a nice interior ambiance. Went out for Valentine’s Day and they were playing “Take me home tonight” on the speakers. Overall, dinner was average to fair. My burger was average. The beef was amazing. Music was horrible. Service was good. Again…music was horrible.

                                                                                                        30. RA

                                                                                                          RohitA

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on February 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The food and experience as well as service was excellent! Will be back again.

                                                                                                        31. G

                                                                                                          Guest

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          A delightful place to spend an evening with friends. Good food. Nice ambiance.

                                                                                                        32. E

                                                                                                          Elias

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                                          Very slow service despite them being almost empty and my hamburger was over cooked, but the ambience and space was very nice.

                                                                                                        33. KV

                                                                                                          KarenV

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          44 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          44 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                          Flavorful and filling food. Cocktails are interesting and tasty. The setting is elegant, though a bit sparse. It's a good place for quiet conversation and good food, would not choose it for a light bite.

                                                                                                        34. CS

                                                                                                          CatStevens

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Went to catalyst for date night with the wife over the weekend, this place has always been at the top of our list when we dine out. Been here many occasions. This weekend was an absolutely awesome experience. Our server Dan was extremely attentive, we wanted for nothing the whole experience. His knowledge of the new menu was top notch. His wine and cocktails knowledge was on point as well. He was quick and decisive about our pairings through the whole meal, Ill be asking for him again next time I go, that's for sure. As for the food, everything was fantastic, we had the empanadas and chicken liver mousse (my stand by) for starters, the mousse never fails me, always one of my favorites. As for the empanadas, really well prepared, the chili crunch that it comes with is my new franks! im gonna put that $h1t on everything from now on! Our mains we had Mushroom raviolis, also a stand by dish, the wife really loves this, the burre monte is such a spectacular sauce for this dish. I had the Lamb Shank over risotto with grilled escarole, I find a lot of restaurants dont grill out that bitterness in escarole but this isnt most restaurants, absolutely beautifully grilled, very flavorful, and still had a good crunch. The rissoto was so proper, it was creamy, didnt stand up on its own, perfectly cooked, expertly seasoned! ill be having this dish again. Overall, if you havent been then youre really missing out

                                                                                                        35. L

                                                                                                          Libby

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Lovely restaurant. Great food, cocktails and dessert and the staff was lovely. One of my favorite places for special meals as well as a nice night out with friends.

                                                                                                        36. C

                                                                                                          Cityman

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The food was excellent. Empanadas and Duo of Beef was superb. Love the ambience and can wait to go back. Ate at the bar and service was great 😊

                                                                                                        37. d

                                                                                                          davidf

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Excellent food and service. I am particularly happy about having a new menu to choose food from. The service was wonderful and thank you for getting a pastry chef again. the desserts were magnificently presented and delicious.

                                                                                                        38. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Wounderful service. Exciting menu. A kitchen that was able to exceed to the promise of the menu. 5 of 5

                                                                                                        39. d

                                                                                                          davidf

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on December 17, 2021

                                                                                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Catalyst is generally a very good eating establishment. Unfortunately, they are on a downward trajectory. The menu is extremely limited so eating there frequently can be challenging unless you are ok with a limited choice of food. There is only one real main item on the lunch menu. the others are sandwiches, This was never the case at Catalyst pre-covid. I visited two days in a row and the first day it was very good, the second, the food was just fair. The chicken was rubbery and bland. The salad was fair. the soup excellent, the waitstaff was also excellent, particularly given the current situation. Holidays are when people splurge and have desserts. There were three items, a pumpkin roll with nuts, chocolate custard and two uninspiring flavors of ice cream. Catalyst was once a place where you could get superb small desserts. they must have lost their pastry chef. I hope this place gets their act together again. I spent $72 on a basic lunch for two people, a cost I am OK with if the food was the way it once was, There is a huge amount of competition in the area and Catalyst needs to get things together again. I hope they do so because they will falter if not.

                                                                                                        40. RC

                                                                                                          RickC

                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on December 15, 2021

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Always great

                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                        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 4.5 stars by 1502 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                        Booked 21 times today
                                                                                                        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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