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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 4, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 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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·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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·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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·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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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

all four of us were very pleased with the main course.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a great time at Catalyst for my wife's birthday with some friends. The food was excellent, I appreciated the commitment to locally sourced ingredients. The presentation was stunning and I felt the prices were reasonable for the high quality. It was warm, cozy and inviting and the decor was unique. Our Server Andrew was great. He was engaging and knowledgeable. Great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

slow service
food was not that great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Made a reservation for a Saturday (10/14/17) night earlier that day. Was surprised to get one seeing as it was the same day! We were a little late for our reservation but they sat us right away. Someone came over with water right away. We then waited for at least 20 min for a server to come over. We had to flag down the water guy and ask him for a server since no one had come over yet. In this time the 2 tables next to us were sat, given water and bread and had their server come over. Ours finally came over and took our drink and starter order. He was awful. Made the mistake of telling us he was moving back to CA and was giving his notice the next day. Clearly he had mentally checked out already. We had 2 bottles of rose` and he managed to spill it twice while pouring. I was with 2 friends and we all have 15+ years in this business. He was an embarrassment to the establishment. The 2 tables next to us got their food and drinks before we got our starters (they had a different server). It was well over an hour by the time we got to the actual entrees.The manager also went by those tables to check in. She never came to our table. If she had we would've told her everything I've just written here. The only minor saving grace was that the food was amazing. I'd definitively go back again. At least I know that server won't still be working there.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoyed our food and our evening out. Our waiter was very helpful and the bar drinks were yummy!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great selection of eclectic food... so many wonderful choices. We had the seasonal beet salad -- superb! followed by delicious and perfectly cooked grilled octopus with pickled onions, potatoes and then some outstanding ribs with kohlrabi slaw. Generous portions along with a very attentive waitstaff and delicious wines AND we could easily have a conversation without straining our voices (!) thank you (!!) This was my 2nd visit -- will come back more often.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Well executed, familiar food, not a super interesting menu, but that's good for non-adventurous eaters. Good for a nice meal out with parents. Was never asked if I wanted a second drink

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

excellent fish-the cod was sensational; good service; nice wine list and knowledgeable sommelier

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The cocktails and appetizers were delicious. I especially liked the lightness of the potato puffs. The parsnip soup was very good but I was a little disappointed in the orchiette

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had a lovely lunch here. The carrot-ginger soup was delicious, as was the BBQ chicken sandwich. This is a great place for a business lunch: close to Kendall Square, popular but quiet enough to talk without shouting. The service was fast and we appreciated our server's professional and friendly manner.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Sadly my wife and I don't live there new executive chef. The dishes we love are gone and the new ones just aren't as good.

In short, brunch at Catalyst used to be over the top good, and now it's just meh.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Lives up to all the hype.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Catalyst is ALWAYS very good to excellent! The service is perfection. The drinks delicious. And food ... oh the food!!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Smart restaurant with attentive and friendly but not in-your-face staff. Very delicious chowder. I would go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ate at Catalyst on last minute anniversary reservation. Saturday's seem to be a quieter night. We were greeted immediately and they say us right away. Our server, Dan, was prompt, knowledgeable, and helpful. We had soup, an appetizer, and entrees. The beet appetizer was good if not too much food, the corn soup with lobster salad was awesome. Our entrees, both of the seafood variety, were cooked perfectly. I thought there was a good selection not too much that everything gets murky. Our only complaint really was the scraping of the wooden legged chairs across the concrete floors was really loud and jarring. Some felt would make a big difference.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent service and food! The space had a great atmosphere for both discussing work matters and leisurely banter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fabulous time at Catalyst! Celebrating an anniversary. Food was excellent and chef sent us 2 veggie dishes that were great. Server sent 2 glasses of champagne as well. Cocktails were terrific. Server was great, knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Catalyst is one of our special occasion restaurants. If we lived closer, it would be a neighborhood gem. We've never had a bad meal here. The waitstaff is friendly and professional.
They can describe every dish in detail and have a genuine interest in the food they serve. The bar is excellent.
We went there to celebrate our anniversary. We split the heirloom tomato appetizer. Lovely flavors. We'd never had the Catalyst burger so we thought it would be fun to order it. The beef was delicious. The fries were perfect---tasty and crisp. The homemade dipping sauces were delicious, especially the aioli. I should have requested that the bacon be left out--too much meat in one bun and the flavors competed with each other. I know it's a popular combination,but not to my taste. And, although delicious initially, the brioche bun was too soft to handle all the meat and fillings and became mushy.
But I'm glad I tried it! Next time I will order one of the fish dishes, as I usually do.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

I was disappointed with the menu selection as well as quality of the food. We arrived early on a Saturday and despite the fact that a special table had been requested and it was nearly empty, we were led to a poor table near the kitchen area.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We've been to catalyst many times and love the food and ambience. This Friday was very busy and we thought the service was slow even as tables near us emptied out. The persimmon and buratta salad was excellent, as was the mushroom ravioli.
The wine list does not offer a good selection of moderately priced wine.
The decor is contemporary and fun, and we'll hope to have a more even time when we return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2016

I've been to the restaurant twice now, and had similar experiences. The food is quite good, though a bit pricey (as are the drinks). The atmosphere is nice enough. But each time I've dined here, the waitstaff seem to just want to rush you out the door. We were not yet finished with our entrees when in the span of 5 minutes three different people tried to remove our plates.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Convenient to MIT. Good food. Very helpful wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Excellent experience at Catalyst! LOVED the brunch menu - highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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