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About Catalyst Restaurant

Catalyst Restaurant is a reflection of Chef/Owner William Kovel’s passion for simple food delivered with warm service in a modern environment. The Catalyst dining experience centers on bright, simple food created from the season’s freshest local ingredients, serious French technique and an appreciation for the details that go into our guest's experience. Catalyst Restaurant opened in 2011 as one of the pioneer businesses in Technology Square near the MIT Campus in Cambridge, MA. Since that time, an influx of start-ups and big companies that have made Catalyst a hub for business lunches, after-work gatherings and private dining.

300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 576-3000

Website:
http://www.catalystrestaurant.com/

Catering:
events@catalystrestaurant.com

Parking Details:
We validate parking at Technology Square Garage (800 Technology Square)

Public Transit:
Red Line Kendall/MIT

Executive Chef:
William Kove

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
For parties of 13 guests or more, we require a prix-fixe menu in our dining room. For parties of 17 guests or more must book with our Private Event Coordinator at events@catalystrestaurant.com

Private Dining

Beautiful custom weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, & post nuptial brunches. Seamless planning, award winning modern American cuisine & flawless execution

Catalyst Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (15)
Good for a Date (13)
Special Occasion (12)
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Business Meals (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Romantic (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Cozy (4)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
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Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is high-quality, but the plates were a little small for a full meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect in all ways

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food, perfect for a date night

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Catalyst is DEPENDABLY excellent!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing cauliflower soup with fried capers. I couldn't get enough. Also really enjoyed the kale caesar salad.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

My date really enjoyed the interior design. She loved the atmosphere and food. Definitely take her again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was super slow and we were among the only ones in the restaurant

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The fish dishes were disappointing. Best food on menu is the burger. Soups are good too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food as always. Fast service. Comfortable business meeting environment.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Unexpectedly crowded on Thursday night. Happy that made a reservation. Chick place, good food, nice ambience.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I had the burger with fries and they were both not very warm when they were delivered.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The pumpkin soup was delicious and the turkey sandwich was very good.
Need more comfort food

Tags: Spicy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The Panzanella Salad was incredible. Seasonal Squash and the bread was done just right.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Waiter was great. Some dishes great and others not good at all.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Adored the nut bread with avocado and arugala and burrata. YUM YUM YUM

Great bloody mary bar.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Mediocre with a capital M. Expensive, tasteless food. Don’t bother.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ordered a burger, which oozed so much grease and moisture that it turned the surrounding bun into mush. Attempting to grasp and consume it, of course, transferred the various drippings to my hands. The accompanying French fries were also notable for their grease. One might think that would be obvious to the kitchen staff, which would prepare the meat differently and find a way to produce drier potatoes. Many other restaurants do. The service was quite good, but its memory fell far short of the greasy aftertaste of the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food, outstanding service, very pleasant environment, split shared dishes for us. Unique combination of all the things that matter when you are out for a special occasion.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at Catalyst. Dined with friends and we did a lot of sharing of plates. With the sharing I was able to try a wide variety of items on the menu; burger, salmon, octopus, lobster ravioli, bone marrow toast, burrata salad, and a few other items. Everything was absolutely delicious and served up with exceptional hospitality by Ryan. Ryan had a great sense of humor and was attentive, but not intrusive. Drinks from the bar were perfect. Hope to return soon. Give it a try !

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I want to like Catalyst. The space is nice, the tables are separated out well, lots of windows. But the food quality is just soooo incredibly inconsistent. I initially thought it was due to my choices (some dishes 10x better than others). But I've gone to brunch and got the same thing (omelet) and had extremely different quality of dishes. I've never had an omelet so overcooked and dry before (when it was supposed to be simple, filled with cheese). And one would think that would be one of the simpler dishes to redo if you overcook it.
The mimosa bar at brunch is cute, but the service can be mixed. We asked what the juices are and the server began to taste the juice in front of us to see what the different flavors were. It was kind of an awkward event, watching/waiting for someone drink juices.
The dinner and lunch options can be creative, but once again, the food quality is really really inconsistent. Waiter/host service can vary in level of snootiness as well.
Surprisingly not a relaxing way to have a meal out, especially given the prices.
To give them credit, they do accommodate gluten free pretty well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Catalyst is one of our favorite places - the menu changes and we're never disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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