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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.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We validate parking at Technology Square Garage (800 Technology Square)
Red Line Kendall/MIT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beautiful custom weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, & post nuptial brunches. Seamless planning, award winning modern American cuisine & flawless execution
Catalyst Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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