Nice place, nice staff, nice service. The food is hit and miss - salads and sandwiches are really not great, especially not at this price, but the homemade pasta dishes are pretty great.
Terrific! Hostess and waitstaff were just the right amount of attentive and the food was delish. Thanks!
Honestly, the best meal I've had in as long as I can remember. The cuisine was original and creative, yet totally relatable. Great atmosphere as well. Looking forward to returning soon.
Clean, spacious, gracious.
So wonderful, my favorite place in Cambridge, a must visit!!!
Stellar All Around. Every dish we had was highly imaginative and creative, but not wacked out -- all the ingredients and flavors worked together in a masterly way. We also liked our very helpful and friendly server who steered us to just the right entrees and desert choices, all of which we went crazy over. The atmosphere is very cool warehouse-sheek, with beautiful wood on the walls and a cool linear see-through gas fireplace in the front to sit and have drinks in front of. Honestly, the food quality is outstanding and better than other high end places we've been in Boston that charge much more. We highly recommend Catalyst.
The food is high-quality, but the plates were a little small for a full meal.
Perfect in all ways
Amazing food, perfect for a date night
We like the food, the ambience, the service, and the short drive to Catalyst for us. It's a big place with a couple of different seating/dining areas, and an attractive bar scene. The frequent change in cuisine also keeps us coming back.
Catalyst is DEPENDABLY excellent!
Amazing cauliflower soup with fried capers. I couldn't get enough. Also really enjoyed the kale caesar salad.
Catalyst was a good choice for a work outing in a group of 5. The service was very good, especially considering we had some special requests at our table.
Ambiance was probably the best in the area. Perfect for something nice but not pretentious.
Plenty of drink options!
The servings were a healthy size, and the quality seemed mixed depending on the dish. Salmon was great, celery root pasta was great, burgers were pretty good, and there was a meat pasta that was just ok.
We enjoyed the food, we enjoyed not having to shout while we ate, we liked the atmosphere at Catalyst. Service was good. It was a very relaxed brunch.
My date really enjoyed the interior design. She loved the atmosphere and food. Definitely take her again.
My self and a group of friends went here for my birthday and everyone had a great time! There was plenty of space at the table for the group, there were nine of us. Brian was an amazing server! He was funny, personable and attentive. The food was delicious and would highly recommend it to anyway who’s looking for a nice evening out.
Service was super slow and we were among the only ones in the restaurant
The fish dishes were disappointing. Best food on menu is the burger. Soups are good too.
Three of us ate lunch at catalyst recently. Two of us got the salmon-cooked perfectly with
delicious sides. I think the fish itself would have benefited from a good searing w/some spices.
Our niece ordered the steak and it was delicious and generously portioned.
The wait person was very accommodating, funny, friendly and we enjoyed the repartee. We would definitely return again.
Our second time dining there and they were very accommodating especially after an order mix up that was quickly resolved. Food and overall ambiance was great. Highly recommended.
Great food as always. Fast service. Comfortable business meeting environment.
Loved the ambiance and decor of Catalyst! The seating was fun and the lighting was fantastic. Service was decent, could have been more attentive. Scallops were delicious and the Cacio e Pepe was a bit al dente for my liking. Overall a good experience but quite pricey.
Unexpectedly crowded on Thursday night. Happy that made a reservation. Chick place, good food, nice ambience.
I had the burger with fries and they were both not very warm when they were delivered.
The pumpkin soup was delicious and the turkey sandwich was very good.
Need more comfort food
Outstanding entrees and drinks. The appetizers did not rise to the level of the entrees. Service was attentive and prompt. Enjoyable setting allowing for conversation without interference from other tables.
The food is good but not extra special at the price point. My clam and mussel scampi on home made pasta was overcooked: tasty but a little gelatinous.
My “stay up all night” cocktail too sweet.
The chicken liver pate (“foam” maybe) was excellent.
Very modern decor, mildly industrial.
My vegetarian entree arrived basically uncooked. It was a delicata squash and it was so hard I couldn't put a fork into it. They took the dish back and eventually a cooked version arrived, but only after my dinner companions had finished eating. It was a very strange situation!
This restaurant, located in Kendall Square, offers a great dining experience in an area where the choices are limited. With good food, reasonable prices and a contemporary ambiance Catalyst is great for any number of occasions from first time business meet ups to catching up with friends.
Overall service was good. We didn't have to wait too long for our food to arrive. I ordered the pasta special (with short ribs) and was quite disappointed. The dish washer mostly pasta with one a few peices of short rib. What I did get tasted good, but it definitely wasn't worth the money. My colleagues meals looked good, so I hope my experience was just a fluke. But still disappointing. One colleague ordered the steak which looked like a well rounded meal. My other colleagues ordered various sandwich options all of which looked reasonable. I think that is probably the way to go at least for a lunch meal. Another thing that bother me was that the servers/busers began to clear our (those of us who had finished) plates before everyone else at the table had finished eating. I know that many restaurants do this, but it is not polite and suggests that those still eating need to hurry up.
The Panzanella Salad was incredible. Seasonal Squash and the bread was done just right.
My experience at the Catalyst was a most enjoyable one. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance with very good food, attractively presented and served by attentive waitstaff. The tables are spaced well enough apart not to have some other party's conversation interrupting your own.
The short ribs and polenta dish was as good as it gets!
Waiter was great. Some dishes great and others not good at all.
Catalyst is a great place with very professional service, a trendy fun, but not overly boisterous environment and delicious upscale comfort food. It’s one of my very favorites in the Cambridge/ Boston area.
We have been to Catalyst Restaurant many times. Invariably the service and the food is excellent. The restaurant can be a bit noisy when crowded -- in a way that is to be expected. We could still hold a conversation across a table seating 10 people. The variety of dishes available -- from appetizers to desserts, and including drinks -- has more than satisfied different palates.
Great as always! Food was fabulous, never had a bad meal there. We were in a rush, and they accomadated us too. I need to come here for dinner sometime too!
Catalyst is a great place! It's close to work, but I'd go out of my way to eat there - great food, changing menu, fun cocktails, wonderful service. Definitely worth a try!
Adored the nut bread with avocado and arugala and burrata. YUM YUM YUM
Great bloody mary bar.
Mediocre with a capital M. Expensive, tasteless food. Don’t bother.
Parsnip soup both bland and too salty. Chicken was steamed, not crispy. Menu items unavailable not told until ordered. Mediocre experience. No reason to return.