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About Craigie on Main

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 has a full bar but specially features its extensive wine selection.





Try an appetizer like the green gazpacho or the duck rillettes to start out your meal at Craigie on Main. Choose from dinner entr�es like the Pennsylvania Dutch country chicken or the slow-cooked local swordfish. The menu changes often and typically includes daily specials so everyone is sure to find something to enjoy on the menu.


853 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday-Sunday
Open for Brunch on Sunday, 10:30 till 2:00

Dining Room: 5:30-10:00pm (10:30 Fri & Sat)

Bar: 5:30pm-12 Midnight

Late Night Bar Menu: Until 11:00 pm

Bar Drinks Served: 5:30-12:00 Midnight

The "Chef's Whim" is available on Sunday evenings after 9:00 pm. Chef Tony Maws cooks for your table - either a $45 four-course or $57 six-course menu. Tony loves to cook and serve up impromptu dishes that may not be on the regular menu, and is at his most inventive, spontaneous, and generous. It’s never the same meal twice and your palates and pocketbooks are the winners! The “Chef’s Whim” is available in two versions only - “The Surprise” (which may contain meat and fish) and Vegetarian. We regret that there are no other selections or substitutions.

Cross Street:
Main St. and Mass. Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 497-5511

Website:
http://www.craigieonmain.com/

Parking Details:
There is plenty of street parking and nearby parking lots. Valet Parking is always available at dinner. There is ample on-street parking nearby after 6 pm. There is a well-lit public parking lot one block away on Bishop Allen Drive (just behind the restaurant).
There is a paid parking lot at Le Meridien Hotel on the corner of Green St. and Sidney St.

Public Transit:
Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop

Executive Chef:
Tony Maws

Private Party Facilities:
Craigie on Main is happy to offer several options for large parties. If you are looking for something that is not the “same old, same old, ” consider these examples….

-We can arrange a large table for up to 15 people.
-A curtained-off space can work well for groups of 15-25 on Sundays through Thursdays.
-Full buyouts of our Dining Room can be arranged for up to 65 people
-Full buyouts (with seasonal pricing) can also be arranged
-We host business/lunch meetings, social events, late-night dining, and small networking events in our bar

Private Party Contact:
Sam@samkanter.com: (617) 497-5511

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit our website for information about upcoming events!
http://www.craigieonmain.com/?page_id=370

Craigie on Main Ratings and Reviews

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85% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic meal. One of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a reservation for the dining area and immediately got bumped to a high top by the bar. The meal started off ok with oysters, appetizers and cocktail. But then there was a long delay before our main entrees arrives. My chicken was luke warm and as was the arctic chard. I had order a side of Brussels sprouts to have with my chicken and that arrived about 10min after our entrees. And oh it was absolutely room temp.

I could tell the kitchen was struggling because I had direct line of sight to the fiasco. Normally I might excuse this having worked in the restaurant industry for years before. But this was NOT a busy night. It was the day after Valentines Day. So why did the kitchen fall behind? Well as soon as the head chef left at around 8:45, the kitchen’s Wheelman started to get distracted by the hostess who basically ignored the front desk and stood by him for over an hour. He lost track of tickets and orders. And she just stood there in her red dress while the whole thing unraveled.

Now unfortunately timing and temperature weren’t the only issues. My chicken was bland and tough. It should fall off the bone if prepared well. Similar issues actually with my wife’s squab leg serve in her soup appetizer. And those cold Brussels sprouts which supposedly had a romesco sauce on them, well that tasted like buffalo sauce to be honest. Other than the pasta appetizer I had, the dinner was a huge swing and a big miss. I wish I was exaggerating here because this used to be one of my favorite spots.

Anyway we skipped dessert, paid the check and went to get our coats at the hostess station. We waited and waited. She was nowhere by now. So I grabbed our own coats from the hangers and left. A waitress ran over to try and help us but it was too late to cover. And for a grand finale to this circus, another waitress followed us out onto the sidewalk offering use some chocolate sauce shot. I literally laughed at her like this was a bad joke.

And to be honest it was. Wow.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

We had not been at Craigie for awhile, and the food was outstanding. It was a fixed menu with some choices, all of which were very tasty, creative and well portioned. The meal was well paced and the service was attentive without being intrusive. We had a nice quite table with reasonable privacy, conducive to having a conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Best restaurant in Boston...Thank you very much for a great night. Waiter was amazing and wine excellent. My wife has coeliac's and finds eating out hard ... You really understand the need to be gluten free and make it a pleasure....

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic food, service, but VERY expensive. The atmosphere is also very nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great brunch, friendly attentive service.....Craigie lived up to my daughter's recommendation.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had the tasting menu. Well balanced, great dishes. Great service. A little noisy for a date.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was outstanding, waitress very helpful and chef delightful

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 8, 2018

1.A potentially serious French foodie joint that can fail (badly) when the kitchen falls behind.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Outstanding service, and equally incredible meal. Great, inventive cocktails. Do yourself a favor and order the burger, which in not on the menu and of which there are only a limited amount every night. But also don’t hesitate to order the Fried Smelts, which are lightly decadent. The Brussel Sprouts in duck fat are righteous, as are the surprisingly well executed grits. And the bone marrow is sublime.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The service is impeccable and highly recommend the limited Edition burger that is worth a wait and dining at the bar! Great wine list as well!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Appetizers were excellent
Main courses limited if you could not eat shell fish or pork.
Desserts also limited - so better not selecting price-fixed menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

As someone with food allergies, it’s not often that I feel confident in the job a restaurant does in addressing the issue. At Craigie & Main, however, I was completely satisfied with how they handle the situation. Not only that, but the meal was superb! Great drinks in a cozy bar where you can also grab dinner (great if you’re alone). Terrific service. I only regret we haven’t come here sooner!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was our first time at Craigie, we had a wonderful dinner. The tasting menu was a really fun experience, everything was delicious. The atmosphere was also really fun. I was especially impressed with their wine and whiskey selection. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

At the risk of being accused of being a philistine, we were disappointed in our experience at Craigie. Upon seating us, the hostess, remarked that the music was too loud and that she would try to have it lowered. Music should be innocuous. Metal doesn't go with this experience of dining. Our waiter was pleasant. We ordered the Prix Fix 3 course meal for $65 each. The first course was 6 Copper Beach oysters and a salad. The oysters were beaten up, not mature enough to be served. The waiter offered additional condiments for the oysters when only one was left. The salad was fresh.

The next courses were the Arctic Char and chicken. Chicken came roasted. 3 little wheels of chicken that although tasty, were unremarkable and small portion.

The arctic char had to be sent back because it was cool, entirely raw, and the sauce it was sitting in was tepid. This is a fish to be served rare, however, this was raw and the sauce, should have been piping hot to offset the rare fish. No clams in sauce to speak of.

The rolls at the table were cold, as if they had just been removed from cold storage. The waiter forgot to bring a 2nd beer which necessitated asking another waiter; always a bit uncomfortable. A wait person seeing that my husband had an empty wine glass asked to pour wine for him even though he was drinking beer with the oysters. Staff were overly eager to continue pouring wine.Pushy to have that much hovering.
For dessert we had autumn carrot cake and chocolate cremeux. The cake came smushed with a dollop of ice cream. Cremeux is like a pudding. These were like gelatin squares. The chocolate was rich, no crunchy feuilletine. They were kind and comped us glasses of sparkling wine.

I imagine that Craigie on Main has a dedicated clientele especially for their legendary burgers. The overall experience pleasant, not outstanding enough to warrant the price tag. Details really make a tremendous difference. We might return to try their burgers.

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 (London)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The wait staff was extremely nice and helpful explaining all of our courses on the tasting menu. Everything tasted great and the experience helped make a great night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We came to Craigie on Main for our anniversary, and had a great time. They sat us at a cozy booth in the back and started us off with free champagne. We did the five course tasting, and it was excellent- especially the arctic char and squab. Wasn't cheap, but it was worth it. Highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We came in for the full tasting menu for our anniversary. We were really pleased with the food, wine, and exceptional service. We like Craigie for a casual bar dinner (the burgers live up to the hype), but if you want to really ball out, it’s one of the few places in the Boston/Cambridge that really deliver on a tasting menu. The food is amazing, and the staff are great (super knowledgeable, attentive, down to earth, and not pretentious, which you would almost expect given the level of food served). This was the kind of dinner that stays with you, where you’re still thinking of the dishes the next day.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Heard good things about this place. I specifically went to this restaurant because their Burger was #21 on the best burgers in the country. It was one of the worst Burgers I've ever had, I ordered medium and it was raw, as well as the bacon not being cooked enough. I tried a couple of bites to see if it was just me but I gave my partner a bite and she said the same thing.
I'm not sure what happened considering all the good reviews this place has received, we went for a birthday brunch on a Sunday, 1/28/18,so maybe we got the "C" team or something instead of the "A" team that knows what they're doing.
The waitress asked how everything was, told her it wasn't good and her supervisor or manager came over, he did offer to make another Burger and cook it more, I declined.
The problem with him was he was somewhat condescending, trying to explain it away by saying that they use grass-fed beef and it's a redder meat, so it looks and Cooks differently, and that's their interpretation of medium. That's actually another reason I went there is because I eat grass-fed meat all the time and that's what I try to get as much as possible, and I told him that but he still kept going on about it.
My partner got the grits dish, which wasn't that great either. It was supposed to be grits with chicken and crab. There really wasn't any grits in it, it was more of a soupy thing with pieces of whole corn kernels, and my girlfriend couldn't taste any crab.
Brunch drinks were pretty good and our waitress was great we didn't have any problems with her.
Maybe their dinner options are better but for our first experience, it was not good.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great, original, innovative food. Liked the options for prix fixe vs a la carte.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Don’t let the meat-heavy menu fool you, cuz we enjoyed the best vegan meal of our lives at Craigie on Main just last weekend! If you want vegan options, all you need to do is let them know in advance, when you make your reservation. The staff is wonderful. The courses are next-level, awe-inspiring, delectable edible art. Highly recommended!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Vegan, Healthy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Overall food was quite good but not worth the price

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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Despite booking in the bar — and despite a call from them in the afternoon where I confirmed the bar was my express preference— there was no bar seating available when we arrived. Nice service despite that miss st the start. Food uneven - excellent first course followed by average main and unremarkable dessert.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I made a last-minute reservation based on my friend's suggestion. Boy, am I glad I went. The service from the door to the table was great. I had the tasting menu, and it was exciting from the amuse-bouche to the salmon head to the delightful hot chocolate. Chef Nick was so interesting and warm. I will be back, and can't wait to see what they'll be serving.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I hadn’t been to Craigie in years, but I think it’ll be a place I’ll frequent going forward. Our dinner at the bar was perfect. Service and food were outstanding. They handled my food allergies (annoying for all involved) gracefully. The bar program is great, and the wine, beer, and spirits lists are well-curated. The burger lived up to the hype.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Staff was very accommodating to me being a gluten-free diner. However, selection was lacking. There were no GF breads or toasts, which meant I couldn't order the bone marrow unless I ate it plain off a spoon. That was disappointing for a Cambridge restaurant. I was brought a dish of olives in place of their bread.

Drinks were outstanding, I got a Moscow mule with their homemade spicy ginger beer and recommend it highly. Staff brought out a birthday candle with my husband's entree, which was perfect (we were getting dessert elsewhere).

I got the arctic char which served brussel sprouts in a way I haven't seen before, which is rare these days. Husband got pork three ways, which he really enjoyed. The lentil soup we got to start was too salty so I can't recommend that.

Overall this place was fine, but I likely won't go back. I prefer Henrietta's Table for a solid farm-to-table experience at a lower price point.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We came to the restaurant based on high reviews, but the restaurant did not live up to the reputation. Maybe it was just a bad night. We were lucky(?) to get a burger, but the seasoning wasn’t particularly special and the bun completely dissolved after the first bite. It became more of a burger soup from that point on. My friend ordered the Arctic char which was small and a bit over cooked. The fried clams appetizer was the high point of the meal. The service was good, but the cook screaming and berating the staff in the open kitchen made some in our group uncomfortable.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were celebrating a 50th birthday, and the only gift our friend wanted was a 7 course dinner with his closest friends at Craigie. How could we say no to that request. Everything about the evening was just fabulous, both the food and service exceeded our expectations. the 7 course with wine and cocktails is not cheap - but it's really special. I'd highly recommend!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food and service is very good. The panna cotta desert we had was out of this world amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very cold room, cold pastry and dessert, cold service. A poor experience overall.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It's a New Year's Day tradition for our family to attend the Lucky Brunch. We've been going on 4 years strong, and it never disappoints!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The staff were wonderful and the 6 course NYE meal was well organized. That being said, the food left something to be desired considering what we paid for the meal.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We love this place and have been a number of times. Typically it is fantastic. This time, our entrées were tasty but unfortunately they were not hot.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Superb dinner; French cuisine mixed with modern American flavours; sauces with complex flavours of spices that matched very well with salmon, pasta and squab; squab was very tender and flavourful without gamey after taste; the only drawback was desert and we thought it was overkill.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We are à French family visiting our daughter living in Boston. We were looking for a good restaurant and we found it! Excellent food and service. A - for us - typical American atmosphere with a mix of classical style and a pretty relax American environment. The restaurant combines two différents spaces: the restaurant itself and a bar in a separate room. The meals are both inspired by French tradition and American taste. The service seems friendly but is actually very professional and attentive. Good wines as well (excellent Pouilly Fussé at a very low price).
We warmly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were three on a very cold Thursday night, and the restaurant was about two thirds full when we arrived for our reservation. Our appetizers were only a bit slow in coming, but then we sat and sat and sat. After at least another 45 minutes, with the restaurant almost empty by then, our main courses arrived. The servers didn't seem particularly concerned (or surprised!) in the meantime and were mostly focused on pouring what was left of our wine. We've been to Craigie a number of times before and were happy enough to return after a fairly long hiatus, but this was it. Never again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service. Heat was broken so we were cold (it was 5' outside and 55' inside) and the space heater was not cutting it. Food was delicious but also cold. We would like to come back in the summer and give it another try.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was excruciatingly slow, though pleasant. We waited well over 1.5 hours for our entree. Our waiter was a nice guy and offered to top off our wine but nothing was removed from the bill and a manager never came over. You really need to ask me how I’m doing when you flub like this—

Overall an unsatisfying spend of ~300 bucks. Not a romantic place (too loud, dining room is a little cheap/tacky feeling like this place was something decidedly not upscale in a past life), poor execution , food was good but not great. I’ve had better at comparably priced places here in Boston and elsewhere.

#fail. Will not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food! We had the 7-course experience and really enjoyed it. The only downside was the waiting time between each course was quite long.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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