Craigie on Main

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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JZ
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Craigie on Main, the food and service are phenomenal.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly and accommodating. They were very knowledgeable about the menu, warm and welcoming. The food was outstanding. A true culinary experience. Thank you!

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a restaurant that puts its best foot forward and is a polished and pleasant operation. For my meal I had the pumpkin hummos (chef's compliment) which I found a bit too creamy. And some wonderful Iggy's bread along with it, but some too hard crackers. Next was a salad with various forms of red onion, but I found the greens slightly wilted, which surprised me. A vegetarian carrot dish with black garlic tahini, etc. was excellent, although the carrots were slightly cold and I would have preferred them at room temperature. A pasta with beef brisket was very good, and perfectly al dente. The dessert had wonderful young ginger ice cream, but I was less enamored by the pain perdu. The coconut sorbet at the end was quite nice. I guess in the end, I found the food (especially the hummos) very comparable to that at Kirkland Tap and Trotter, which I miss, but much more expensive. I will continue to come back, but only every few years. I do like the place overall.

r
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Food was very interesting, while not being overly weird just for the sake of it, and the drinks were great. Service was fantastic, and the server even had the bartender come out to our table to consult on some cocktail choices. The space is definitely packed tight, so I wouldn't recommend if you're looking for something more private and intimate, but the place is fun and lively. Dinner is not cheap, but it is very tasty!

JN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Craigie and everything was wonderful - food, service, ambience. Will definitely be back to try their famous burger!

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great service, great food! Warm and welcoming as usual

GT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Craigie on Main is an excellent restaurant, and I always have a meal there when I travel to Boston. In fact it would be a mistake to visit Boston without having a meal there!

D
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lighting makes it very challenging to read the menu. Otherwise, it was a perfect experience.

C
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant - service is great from the second that you walk in to the second that you leave the restaurant. Food is nice, albeit a bit pricey. Don't get me wrong, I'm up for paying for good food but the meal cost $250 for two people and that's without any wine or anything (just one old fashioned). Which is fine, just perhaps a little pricey - I would have expected more in the $180 - $200 range.
All in all a lovely place and I would recommend.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Been trying to go for awhile.

CS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Main entree - whole chicken - was bland and skin soggy. It was brought out to show us then taken away to cool. After a long delay it was brought back to the table lukewarm. Entree was taken off bill but whole experience was poor. Menu was limited - we picked the chicken as the only option that looked good.

R
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good, but not good enough to be worth the price. A good experience but I wouldn't go again.

DE
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and outstandingly delicious food, and the service was terrific!

B
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was great, but even better than the burger was the steak fries. Also, loved the poached pear dessert and the bottle of red wine (which was one of the lesser expensive options). Would love to come back for the burger again or to try something else off the menu. Service was great.

R
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Craigie on Main is good, but not great. They still feature their 2011 James Beard Award on their website, but comparing other GREAT James Beard Award restaurants we have been to is a stretch.

Smallish portions and high (even by Boston standards) prices make for a "so-so" experience. The broth on the swordfish was SO salty, the chef couldn't possibly have tasted it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for burgers at the bar, and (simply put) the burger was very salty. You could literally taste the Worcester and salt. The meat looked freshly ground and the presentation—house made pickles, ketchup, side salad and fries—was lovely. The burger was not. To add insult to injury I know the bartender was surprised when we reported the burgers were “good”. He went on and on about how people arrive JUST for the burger. I hadn’t been to Craigie in a couple of years, and I’m not sure I would rush back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had Swordfiash and Steak!

Both were great except one piece of fish which was overcooked.

Bread that was served prior was a little tough.

BS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful evening. Delicious food, good service, welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommend.

a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

RL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We decided on the 6 course tasting menu. Only one of the courses stood out, and two of them were overly salted almost to the point of not wanting to take more than a bite. Nothing was bad, but we expected more layering of flavor for a restaurant that’s catering to high end food. The service was good, but wouldn’t recommend this place for the tasting menu. May go back to try some of the fixed menu options as they may have had more time to really nail down the flavors. One high note was the cocktails, fantastic work by the bar!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service!!

PM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, delicious seafood and creative, mouthwatering steak and venison.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Birthday dinner with family. This was not our typical exceptional experience. Our meal was very late and our selection at the waiter’s recommendation was just ok. We’ve always been very happy before which is why we chose to go here.

MC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellenct food. Pricey

M
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was not bad by any means but not really worth the price. The service is excellent, waiters make sure your glasses are always full. The 4 course menu was pretty boring and portions are very small.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every moment was fantastic. A memorable night!

KS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular staff and great experience. Unique dishes and delicious drinks.

b
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The limited burger was really nothing great. Over hyped. Had the swordfish too, nothing special.

AV
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and surprising in wonderful ways. They took great care of us and we can't wait to go back.

KW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the burger. It was VERY good. But the surprise was the CRISPY-FRIED HERITAGE PORK RIBS. These were phenomenal. Prices were steep and they charge a 3 % surcharge for kitchen staff, but I thought it was worth it.

t
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We were overwhelmed by the pushiness of the semalier. We didn't want to do the wine pairing. I just wanted to get a couple of glasses of wine. He kept pushing and kind of insulted our intelligence if we didn't do it. It pretty much spoiled our experience.

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, food and service was outstanding. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable.

OT
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If you've found the place, arrived sufficently early and don't have too many friend in tow - head to the bar and put yourselves in the compentent hands whomever you find there. You wont be dissapointed.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and service were both outstanding!

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The establishment is too dark and too noisy. As many review noted the food tend to be on the salty side and meat not always cooked. I cannot see my pork tenderloin but tasted raw. The $85 prefix menu is high for kielbasa - nothing extraordinary. Hillshire Farm would have done just as fine. Came for the oyster but already sold out. All hype - been to other high end prefixed dinner. At least it’s not $800 but still I expected more for $300. The server was great and the drinks were wonderful.

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat on the bar side. The food, drink, and service was amazing as always. This is one of the best meals in Boston.

SH
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, great service (thanks Max!)
Would highly recommend this place - great relaxed vibe.

CL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

It's been some time since we last enjoyed a meal at Craigie on Main, and yet again, it did not disappoint. The food and the service was everything we hoped for to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. That being said, I think it's time Mr. Maws considered updating the decor. It's such a great restaurant, but the space feels a bit shabby.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Do not ever go here on sunday night when chef owner tony maws is off. Extremely disappointing food...weird wine list zero americans. But food was very mediocre, small menu and who the hell wants $ 70 chicken....or super fatty pigs head. Maws should replace his kitchen staff when he's not there. The ribeye was inedible but they took it off our $ 600 tab. Shockingly bad dining on sunday night for big dollars. Service however was good. Tiny food portions at big prices. Swordfish was at most 4 ounces for $35. But nice bar with famous $ 25 burgers nightly for locals. I miss todd english restaurants in boston !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Craigie is one of the best restaurants in Boston. The knowledgeability and attitude of the staff enhances the experience of the mean and the cocktails are exceptional.

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