Craigie on Main

4.6
3509 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 497-5511
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Maws
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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
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Private party contact
Sam@samkanter.com: (617) 497-5511
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St. and Mass. Ave
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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.
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Public transit
Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
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Special events & promotions
Visit our website for information about upcoming events!
http://www.craigieonmain.com/?page_id=370
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3509 People Are Saying
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DP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding! Our server Phillip is the "bomb". We have enjoyed his service the last two times. The food is outstanding. Keep it going at Craigie!

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OE
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is not huge but as far as we could tell, every item on it is spectacular. We chose the Prix fixe, selecting one item from each of the three categories plus dessert for $85. The octopus, not on the menu, is slow cooked and then fried with greens and aioli and it is without doubt the best octopus any of us had tasted. The house made farro pasta is prepared to order and so can be vegetarian. The cod, a nice familiar fish, was unforgettable for the delicacy of its texture and subtlety of taste, combined with rock shrimp, Asian pear, hazelnut, and sunchoke purée. Two of us shared the (amazing) dark chocolate parfait and two shared the panna cota. You cannot go wrong. The service is impeccable, with plates delivered simultaneously by two wait staff and and informed, helpful sommelier to explain the wines.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Ordered the whole chicken for 2 and it was served with blood in several of the pieces. They credited the $144 but needless to say I lost my appetite after eating a couple of bites and then saw the blood.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend out for her birthday and we both fell in love with Craigie on Main . The service was amazing and the prefixed menu was outstanding. The quality of the meal was extremely exceptional. Would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a great meal and ambience.

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EO
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a celebration. The food is excellent and creative. The menu is heavy on pork and shellfish so be aware of that. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. But it's mighty expensive.

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ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was a bit disappointing and we tried most of the menu because we had a larger group. If there are going to be so few options per course, I would expect them to all be pretty darn good. But other than the chicken which was truly delicious, the rest of my meal was lackluster. Plus our waiter forgot to bring us the to-go box of the rest of our chicken, which was quite a lot of extra food we missed out on. For the price of the meal, we weren’t very happy, unfortunately.

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had been here before, a few years back, and had a good experience. Made reservations for 5:45PM as we had a 7:05 movie around the corner. Were planning on burgers in the bar, but when we arrived the hostess told us the only seats she had were at the bar but not together. We were instead seated in the dining room where burgers aren’t served, and we had the only option available, the 4 course prix fixe. Service was good, food was good to very good. Between two of us we had one glass of wine, and two iced teas. Bill was $250 before tip. While everything was good, it just didn’t FEEL like a $300 experience. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t mind spending that much, we just came away feeling meh about the whole experience. Maybe it was the high top table... maybe we were just in the mood for the famous burgers and unprepared to enjoy the artistry.

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NA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful date night there. The food was absolutely delicious and so are the wine pairings!

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MF
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Brookline to see our daughter (aged 29) for Thanksgiving and wanted to treat her to a nice meal at a place she hasn’t been. I happened to receive a Condé Nast Traveler email on 18 Best Restaurants in Boston (AI? Really?! 😄) and learned of Craigie. We LOVED our meal. My crudo trout was fantastic with a nice bite to it. My wife and daughter liked their endive salad and oysters as well. The pate and pasta were very good. Their cod was succulent and my pork was delicious! And we shared three desserts- the grape sorbet (!!), the panna cota (!) and the chocolate ganache-y thing. All really tasty! Our server was a young guy with horn-rimmed glasses and tattoos who was sweet and perfectly attentive. Talk and skinny (don’t know his name) Wine was good and when they accidentally brought a 2015 instead of 2016 they ended up charging us the same cost since it was the only one left. The whole brief exchange was handled smoothly and professionally. A really great night-before-Thanksgiving. Kudos!

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GB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Again, one of the best vegan meals I have had. This is not a vegan restaurant, but they know how to make amazing vegan food. I would have liked some more protein for my main, but it was very good. Unfortunately, Craigie is $$.

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HH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the food. Only downside is that is requires a reservation made far in advance and they tend to run out of some entree options by 9 pm.

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PH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to celebrate her 30th birthday, and we had a phenomenal time. The hostess was kind enough to hang our coats, and we were seated quickly.

We each opted for the four course prix-fixe, and were delighted with the choices we made. Of note, the waygu and the cod were both spectacularly done for the mains.

The best thing I ate all night, though, was the buttermilk panna cotta. It was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I consider myself a little bit of a foodie, and this really set the bar high for a delicious panna cotta.

Highly recommend going for a special occasion, or just a nice night on the town.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was excellent. My only suggestion is that they add some American wine to the offering. There are currently none available.

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We started going to the old Craigie St Bistro 15yrs ago & Craigie on Main 10yrs ago. Tony has done a great job of keeping the menus, wines and drinks fresh and creative. It can get a bit busy, so if you want to discuss the menu with very knowledgeable staff, go early or late.

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LN
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

"The food was quite good - some dishes aren't beyond the reach of a well-practiced home cook (i.e. bone marrow), but others were very well executed and delicate (trout crudo, sirloin/lengua pairing). The tasting menu is no longer available; Craigie stopped serving it 3 weeks before our reservation.

One of our primary disappointments was in the Sommelier's service; we had taken for granted that by describing both the wines we know we like and also the specific characteristics what we wanted to drink that night, the staff might recommend something which met our mood. After a bit of back-and-forth, we received an unusual recommendation, of an entirely different grape class - which was tasty in its own way, but wasn't at all what we had described. We wound up altering our food orders slightly to match the wine, and the meal was delicious overall. However, part of our reason for choosing Craigie was our desire to extend our understanding of food and wine by learning from the Sommelier. In hindsight, I suspect that we could have done just as well (or even better) in bottle selection by taking 10 minutes to look up wine reviews on our phones."

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The service is exemplary but the price fix menu was not our particular favorites. We wanted an early dinner so this worked well but they did not have one of the second courses. On such a small fixed menu, I don’t know why this would happen.
Nice place to dine and enjoy good wine but I was not impressed with the value. Will probably not return.

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A
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a special night for us. our 55 wedding anniversary. Staff was very attentive, they offered us a bit of champagne to start our meal, which was a treat!
if the restaurant would have wines that are moderate in price would be appreciated. We have so many wines from all over the country, (as well as other countries) with fabulous wines which would be wonderful to have with such nice meals.
Congratulations to the Chef and staff for a great job on variety of foods and interesting flavors.
our whole experience was lovely.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Phil, was fantastic with great wine and food suggestions. He and the team looked after us very well.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever!
No one knows what’s going on.
First they offer a bar table with a la carte menu (although we had a main dining room reservation), and then they don’t know if it’s that way. It turns out, it’s whatever the chef decides, it could be bar menu, a la carte or prix fixe but they’re not sure and don’t help at all.
We get the wrong food right from the start.
Service is too slow.
The waitress spills the wine every time around.
They never explain any of the courses. So, you have to guess what you’re eating.
Don’t get me wrong, the food is great but, for the price, the experience is the worst ever.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Was very excited to eat here. Our reservation was for 6:15pm and we ended up getting there at 5:50 pm.

Our table was ready to go so we didn’t have to wait.

Dinner was four courses and we got a selection of three or four different things per course.

The first two courses came out with perfect timing and we had little to no wait. However once we got to the entree it was almost a 30 minute wait. The table next to us got their entree before us and we had already started eating our bread and ordered when they were seated.

Overall, nice atmosphere, decent food for the price, but the service destroyed the overall experience.

Also because our entree took so long to arrive we ended up being 15 minutes late to the theater.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, Service was attentive. I did not like having only a Price Fixe menu.

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BN
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 5th meal since 2006 (I live in Seattle).
A delightful experience every time. The right balance of cuisine and service, a diverse wine list (had 1989 Sociando-Mallet for under $200), and a comfort setting.

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o
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a pleasant experience but not worth the dollars charged!

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a tremendous time at Craigie on Main. The food was over the top fantastic and the service was top notch! The chef accommodated my food allergy, which is very rare to find when dining out. The attention to detail in the food, presentation, service and cocktails is truly unbelievable. I can't say enough good things about this wonderful restaurant. We can't wait to return for another amazing meal!

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PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

wonderful food in a lovely setting with a solid wine list ( albeit on the higher price end). Attentive and friendly service

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RD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Been eating “here” since it was Craigie st bistro! And unfortunately the food seems to be trending downhill. Always come for the chefs whim, last two times it was ok just not as creative and as delicious as it had been in past visits.

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EF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I only took off 1 star because I specifically chose this restaurant as an out-of-towner visiting Boston because the website and Eater stated there was a tasting menu. When I arrived at the restaurant, they only had a prix fixe menu. I asked about the tasting menu and was told that this was the first weekend that they no longer carry the tasting menu. This was a huge disappointment as this was the entire reason the restaurant was chosen. The waitress remarked that they really should update their website to reflect this change - and I wholeheartedly agree that this change should have been reflected on the website immediately.

Otherwise, the food was very good. 4 courses for $85.00 prix fixe menu with enough options to please anyone.

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KO
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The restaurant removed the 5 and 7 course tasting menus featured on their site and now only offer a limited 3 course pre fixed menu.
Service was extremely slow - 2.5 hours from arriving until receiving the dessert course.
We were sat in the bar area, which was FREEZING cold and has no view of the kitchen even though reservations were made a month in advance.
My pasta and fish were both room temperature to cold. Although I was starving, I couldn’t finish the pasta dish.
I wanted to love this spot but was highly disappointed in the food, service and menu.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife and my parents who were in town. Saw roast chicken on the menu. My father's take was, "Come on, you don't go to a nice place like this and order something you can make at home." Five minutes after it came to the table, he was asking for one piece more than I had already give him. How the heck do you make chicken taste that good?? Everything else we had – oysters, trout crudo, liver/bacon pate, homemade pasta with rabbit confit – was a knockout, but somehow that dang chicken had them all beat. One of the best meals I may have... ever??? had in the greater Boson area. The cost reminds me why we don't eat out much, but, boy, if you're gonna do it, you'd better do it right!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible experience. I don’t spend this amount of money on food lightly but was completely blown away by dining experience. Bone marrow was crazy good. Would 100% recommend.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, innovative cuisine. Excellent cocktails and a superb wine list. Servers were efficient and unobtrusive. Waiter and sommelier were bright, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Terrific experience overall.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Memorable and exciting cuisine - highly recommend!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I’ve had great vegetarian meals at Craigies is the past, this meal was completely un-inspired. The amuse bouche and first two courses had basically acid flavor profiles. The pasta was simply dressed and completely un-memorable. 2 of 5 courses had cauliflower as the star ingredient. Desert was ice cream with nuts and fruit. Not an $85 tasting menu.

I’d be more ok with a meal that tried hard, but was poorly executed. This meal felt like they didn’t even try.

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r
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal for 3. Appetizers included the pate, oysters, and fried clams. entrees ordered were the steak, the swordfish, and the pork loin + side of brussels sprouts. Everything we had was absolutely delicious. Chef provided some extra complimentary sides and treats. Everyone too full for dessert. Was a pleasant, non-rushed, satisfying meal. Service was exceptional. I would highly recommend.

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d
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

thanks for the champagne to celebrate. it was a nice dinner

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This dining experience was one of the worst ever. The service was so stunningly poor.. it was frankly an insult! By the time we sat down with our family the restaurant was emptying out so there was no excuse to be ignored by the staff. We waited close to one hour between courses with no explanation . We owned a high end successful restaurant in Nantucket for over 20 years and continue to own a high end wine shop so we are very aware of what makes a memorable evening. This place must be relying on reviews that simply donot measure up in any way. We would never go back or recommend this place. The food was pretentious and not at all worth the money. I am sorry to have wasted a night with our children at a place like this.

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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time, great waiter, and great food. They did everything to make our meal the best it could be.

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F
New England
110 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is terrific--the food is always outstanding--we had delicious salads and then wonderful entrees (cauliflower entrée very creative, fish entrée just right). Our server was gracious and attentive.

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ZR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the 7-course Craigie Tasting Experience. It was incredible. They gave us a prime corner table that had a card waiting on it that wished us a happy anniversary. Great attention to detail and a congenial, attentive waiters. Excellent service, up to and including the bonus tastes they brought to us and comped drinks. Wonderful experience.

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B
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic from the food to the service, wine list, etc. We ordered one of the tasting menus and it was great to see what they would put before us. The one ding I would give this place is that they allowed little children on a Saturday night. I know this is a super touchy subject, but I wish the parents would teach their little ones how to eat in restaurants in some other location and not a super expensive place with an adult menu. The last thing on earth I want to see on a romantic date night is some little kid seated next to me playing with this cutlery, or the phone. Sorry restaurant, that sucks. Please save a table for these folks far from the rest of us.

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