Craigie on Main

4.6
3682 reviews
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Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Craigie on Main serves a menu that changes often and specializes in farm-to-table American cuisine. Each meal is made to order with fresh ingredients sourced locally and bold seasonal flavors. Craigie on Main is proud to be the Winner of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2019 for Best Restaurant, General Excellence.

Try an appetizer like the green gazpacho or the duck rillettes to start out your meal at Craigie on Main. Choose from dinner entrees like the Pennsylvania Dutch country chicken or the slow-cooked local swordfish. Come in on a Sunday after 7:30 to experience Chef's WHIM, an experimental tasting menu at a special price.

The menu changes often and typically includes daily specials so everyone is sure to find something to enjoy on the menu. Craigie on Main is known for their extensive wine list, but also boasts a full bar and skilled craft bartenders.
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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 1 night in Cambridge and were so happy to be able to dine here, it was a perfect choice to end our 2 week holiday in New England. Every member of the staff was welcoming, professional and helpful and we want to give a special thanks to Ruben who took care of us at the bar. He walked us through all the wonderful dishes and helped us make great choices. The local blue fin crudo is wonderful, as were the Essex clams that are local and seasonal. We also enjoyed two seasonal pastas and the mussels which were exceptional.

If you are in the area, this place is a must!

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NG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my third time at Craigie on Main, and it always delivers. The menu has several creative and interesting choices - it's often hard for me to choose. The food consistently makes me stop mid-conversation, and thankfully the people I dine with are happy to try bites of one another's dishes. The service this time was a bit slower than I'd have liked, but they are also happy to let you sit and socialize for as long as you wish which is nice. My one knock is that every time I've tried a custard type dessert it's not as set as I'd like - the panna cotta at my last visit gave way instantly (not even a smidge of a bend as you put your spoon into it), and the bread pudding on this visit was legitimately liquid. However, the squid ink pasta with shrimp was the best thing I've eaten all year, so it's definitely a restaurant that is worth the experience / expense.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef's whim was spectacularly good. This is food that is complex, delicious, unusual. The service was friendly and warm. Overall a truly wonderful dining experience.

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DD
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We SO enjoyed Craigie on Main! The meal was absolutely outstanding--delicious, creative and memorable! The entire experience was over-the-top wonderful! We will be back the next time we are in Boston/Cambridge area!

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top three restaurant meals I've ever had.

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SD
New England
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special restaurant.
Attention to detail, exceptional.
Burger special...........special!
Our waiter Eddie, absolutely the best.

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f
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The crude of fresh fluke was paired with a buttermilk vinaigrette that enhanced the fluke. Under the pork confit was a layer of chopped turnip greens, and, maybe chunks of parsnip, though I though turnip, but a good foil for the pork and altogether an good take on a tasty dish including some tender pork sausage. If you're big and hungry these two dishes might not fill you up, but for me, small and hungry, they were a wonderful treat.

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable as well as every part of our meal. It wasn't just a meal, but a positive dining experience. So glad we chose this location to dine!

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JB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The fried clams were the best I've ever had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Boston for the first time, and this place did not disappoint!

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CD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dining experience. Service was perfect and all of the courses were very well crafted and delicious.

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w
New England
95 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Glad we came back. Food was outstanding and service well done.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here shortly after getting engaged, and they took amazing care of us! Brought out special snacks for us, sat us at a nicer table than I requested, and were overall very attentive. Fabulous experience. Juan is outstanding.

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JS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were stuck in a dark corner of the bar. Bar stools are extremely uncomfortable for a long stay. Service was slow and unattentive. I ordered mussels from the bar menu, a dish I order on every menu that has them. These were mediocre at best. Small and in a sauce that was disappointing. The structure of the menu makes it difficult for all food to be delivered together as one in the party had the 4-course offering, another had 2 of the four courses, and I had two items from the bar menu. My mussels, which were my entree arrived with the first course. When their entrees arrived 30 minutes later, I was long finished. With so many terrific restaurants in the area, don't bother.

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TF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eric is the best. Bar program is unreal, the entire staff make you feel like a regular

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NK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Delicious food. Great service.

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WS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had burger #9 of the night, loved everything about dining here. I came 30 minutes early to wait online for the burger. It was a little to rare for my liking.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Only thing I noticed were that the portions were small for me.

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LK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely pristine, gorgeous, perfectly made food. Impeccable service and wonderful staff.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately the service quality has deteriorated, starting with a hostess that seems aloof and felt uninspired to smile or explain why we had to wait almost 30 mins for our reservation. The bar tender was overwhelmed and drinks were unusually slow. The creativity and value of the food didn’t impress. An experience at the Table at Season to Taste is far more memorable.

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DT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

A huge disappointment... we went for our 30th anniversary and was hoping for a special experience based on reviews and reputation. Unfortunately there were several factors that made it unsatisfactory. The food was ok but not nearly worth the price. The portions were small, and flavors were unremarkable. We both had a halibut entree which came out lukewarm - perhaps that was the intended presentation but it didn't work for us. My wife had a $20 glass of wine, but the pour was small. We sat in the bar area and that proved to be a mistake, as the music playing on the sound system was weird, too loud, and not conducive to dining. Final check was $266 with tip for 2 prix fixe meals (4 courses), 2 cocktails, 1 glass of wine. Add $15 for parking and we dropped nearly $300 on the night. We felt Craigie on Main really did not deliver value or quality that was commensurate with such a big price tag.

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is perfectly good, but WAY too much attitude for what you get. The idea that you can't get the burger in the main dining room (which one in our party really wanted -- of course as a result of the hype that they intentionally generate about this item), notwithstanding the fact that we made it perfectly clear that we would pay whatever their standard prefix price for that person, AND I had just ordered nearly $300 dollars in wine (for three people!), AND the place was half empty, is quite frankly the height of pretension. I've eaten in real three star restaurants all over the world and I've never been told that something that was available someplace in the restaurant could not be consumed 25 yards away in another part of the restaurant. I used to eat regularly in the old place on Craigie St. but stopped going after the move because they acted as if this was Robuchon -- the ORIGINAL (which I had the honor of eating in several times). I was hoping that the passage of time would bring a little humility to the place. It hasn't. I won't be back.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had very high hopes for this experience as we had researched the restaurant prior to even coming to town. It started out really well and really strong. Great atmosphere, seated right away and greeted. Ordering and through the first course was great and then it was like we became invisible. We looked at the plates from our second course for 25 minutes, we struggled to order wine, the entrees were left in front of us for another almost 25 minutes. I am all for lingering over dinner but 2 hours and 25 minutes for a four course meal is a bit much when you have nearly an hour with empty dirty plates sitting in front of you. We enjoyed the starter and the first course but the entrees were really just ok and dessert was highly disappointing. The highlight? It was literally the bread basket, it was maybe the greatest bread choice I have ever enjoyed. It was literally perfect. The food was tasty overall and this restaurant wants to be great but you have to have great service in order to be a great restaurant and they missed the mark.

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IL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great careful service, price typical, a little dark. A good time.

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c
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Small portions and over priced. Heard great things about this restaurant and while the service was good the food was average

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RP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes of course it’s pricey. Don’t go there if you don’t expect to spend money. The quality of food is of the best around. The preparation is of the best around. The overall experience was phenomenal and the wait staff and bartenders were extremely knowledgable and interactive with us. Definitely a recommended spot. Going back for the burger soon.

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H
New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service. My only complaint is they ran out of a menu item at 7pm. Otherwise a great meal.

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KE
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a amazing food experience! My girlfriend and I come to Boston every June to celebrate our birthdays and Craigie has been the highlight of our trips for the last 3 years. See you next June!

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Borderline amazing. The concept and purpose is quite admirable. Food was too salty across all dishes.

Had the fried clams, soft shell crab and shrimp pasta to start. Clams were the highlight of the meal (although still too salty). The crab although incentive lacked a memorable flavor and was super salty. The pasta itself was quite good but the sauce and limited shrimp were bland.

Main course was the pork roast, wagyu steak, and the chicken. The chicken was touted as the most amazing chicken we'll ever have. They did a great job of roasting it and showing it to you before they carve it. It was good, but the skin had no crispness to it and the meat was too salty. It was good, but for the price, more of a novelty than a great dish. The pork roast was delicious and tasty. The sausage that accompanied it was unique (tongue?). The Waygu beef was fine but not as tender as expected.

The place is nice but the music was oddly loud making conversation difficult.

Overall an OK experience. Based on the other reviews, I suspect we had an off night. An overly aggressive salt chef. The service was truly too notch. If you like the food more than we did, you'll love this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and wonderful food!

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I arrived for the second time at Craigie on Main. My reservations for 545 (they open at 530) and I walked in at 5:33 to a small line of people trying to push their way in. I managed to find the last open spot at the bar as I was dining alone this time. The bartender took my drink order and informed me that there was one burger left, #18/18, and asked if I wanted it, i of course nodded my head ABSOLUTELY YES. This is exactly what I had came for on my "Me day", "The craigie burger". Which is honestly the best burger I've ever gotten to sink my teeth into, in my life. The blend of beef (and I think bone marrow) make this burger absolutely decadent and delectable. I've had it once before, this time by myself since I needed some alone time with it, and it did not fail to disappoint both times. I love a good burger and this really delivers on everything, including juiciness, flavor, combination of ingredients and just overall enjoyability.

The burger was not just the star of the show, but at the bar, one of the best, if not best, old fashions I've ever had (I ordered 3) and I believe the bartender was visiting from Princeton, NJ.

Craigie on Main is truly a Cambridge gem and I hope it never changes. Even with the addition of craigie burger I hope it keeps it's integrity as a superb spot for drinks and a fantastic burger.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing- delicious and creative

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L
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Craigie on Main is worth the hype! I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had the best night! First off, just by saying we were celebrating a birthday, they put us literally in the best seat in the house. An awesome corner table so we could sit next to each other. They even put a nice note on the table saying Happy Birthday with the chef's signature. The sommelier was great and gave us an amazing recommendation, which we took him up on and ended up finishing their last bottle they had on hand of it! The pig's head was amazingly delicious. We got a great explanation from the waiters and waitresses on how to best devour it as well. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to friends and families especially when celebrating an event. I will be visiting again.

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JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this restaurant. It was hard to pick what I wanted to eat because each dish sounded amazing, and they were fantastic!

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h
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly excellent and memorable meal with great service! The burger (totally lived up to the hype!), ribs, and smoked fish were all outstanding. Staff was incredibly attentive and timely. I can't wait to return!

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J
New England
53 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony Maws continues to produce wonderful menus and get food. A great experience to dine there.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were great and polite. The food was just as good if not better! Definitely will come back!

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LE
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just one word for Craigie-on-Main in general, and Chef's Whim in particular: Transcendant. Sunday night Chef's Whim is something that everyone should experience. The food is so creative. As an example, on this night, the shrimp bisque with mussels and escargot was incredible. If they had served just the bisque, that would have made for a memorable experience. With the addition of big, juicy mussels, and escargot, it was the highlight of the night. I'd be there every Sunday if I could!

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PB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative food, personal and friendly service. The Wagyu beef with oxtail and roasted veg was my favorite.

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