Craigie on Main

4.5
3569 reviews
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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 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.


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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! It’s so wonderful!!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Craigie on Main offers unique finds, quality service and decadent presentations. Highly recommend getting their prefixed four course option— where you can still incorporate a personal choice as you sift through their selections for first, second, main and desserts.

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L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came here on Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. The food, drinks and service WERE AMAZING. My boyfriend really liked the Old Collins. We had a gift card.... which helped soften the blow when the check came. 😬 not a place we would go to regularly just due to the cost, but it’s now at the top of our list for special occasion dining. Great experience!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated my mom for my birthday - can’t wait to go back.

Love both of maws’ kitchens. Great open concept where you can see the food as it’s cooked.

Fixed price menu with incredibly fun and interesting flavor combos and great service.

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New England
55 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, as usual. Lovely and thoughtful service. The hostess at the door was especially warm and lovely.
Overall a delightful experience.
Jim Dalsimer

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RE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, and the ambiance, was all great. I would highly recommend this restaurant, for anyone looking for a true restaurant gem in Cambridge.

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BX
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Craigie on Main doesn’t disappoint. Each dish we ordered was done to perfection. Portions are modest but not so small as to seem skimpy. Every flavor and sauce is delicious in its own right. A very special meal.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food delicious. We will definitely be making Craigie on Main a consistent stop.

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was great and it was a treat watching Chef Tony Maws at work. Love the burger and Chocolate Parfait. Wanted the Roasted Pig to go but was not available. Opted for the Green Circle Chicken to go and had another great Tony Maws meal the following day. Craigie is Heaven on Earth.

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AF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a place that is really good and they do a really great job with service, food and ambiance. However, the price of the experience makes it very much a once in a while type place. I did really enjoy everything minus the bill.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully attentive service. Extremely tasty food. Small portions. Great cocktails. Excellent and interesting wines. Good wine pairings with the food. It was an extremely cold day, and therefore, sitting right next to the brick wall in the main dining room was a little bit cold.
Will definitely go back. We will try different spot within the same restaurant Or on the bar side the next time.

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Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, service was excellent but the overall experience did not stand up to the bottom line in my opinion. Yes, I would go back but it's not on my short list.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LITERALLY THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER HAD. It’s taste is completely unique! Get it!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good tasting menu and great food. Wait staff was pretentious and not very helpful.

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance makes this restaurant the perfect place for casual night out with friends. We really enjoyed the tasting menu which was a blend of epicurean delights and just well prepared food. I applaud the wine list. It’s a thoughtful collection from all over the world at prices that won’t break your budget. There’s enough here to even satisfy a burgundy fanatic

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my first time at this restaurant and I honestly had a wonderful time! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday per his request as he used to go to Craigie on Main every year for his birthday. He took a break from going over the past few years and after dining here again just this past weekend he noticed there were many changes. He was upset with the size of the pig head and stated that in the past the pig's head was a specialty item that had to be ordered at least a few day's ahead of time by calling the restaurant. He was shocked at the size difference and that almost every table around us had a pig's head as well. He felt this took away from the novelty of the restaurant. He was also surprised that the entire menu was prix fixe. Although he loved and devoured every last bite of the food, he was hoping to just order a la carte. He also noted that the pig's head in the past used to come with small "pancakes" similar to when you order mooshi at a Chinese restaurant. Instead, the pig's head came with pieces of Boston bibb lettuce.

All in all, the food, drinks and atmosphere were top notch. I know I would certainly come back with my girlfriends or family for a special dinner, but unfortunately my boyfriend who is a long time diner at Craigie on Main will not be returning. Our server was attentive in the beginning, but soon got lost in the shuffle of a busy Saturday night of tables. The bus boy was more attentive to our table, which to both of us is not a good sign of staffing. While I totally understand how busy restaurants are on a Saturday night, considering that we noted it was a special birthday dinner I would have hoped for more from our waitress. At one point we waited almost 20 minutes for our second round of drinks to come back to the table. Lastly, we were asked if we wanted to take home our left overs, and when we replied "yes", our left overs never made it back to us. I was disappointed by this and we were both too embarrassed to ask for them.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely old school. I can see how this is a cute place for traditionalists looking for a special occasion spot.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, started with excellent cocktails. Service was excellent would recommend

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VK
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their house burger was absolutely amazing. Highly recommend it.

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JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband's steak was very tiny, and certainly not worth the price. He complained and the cost of his entire meal was taken off the bill. We didn't ask for this, and were very impressed that the staff took our situation seriously!

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great dining experience and the foods were awesome, we had 4 people and we ordered the pig head for the entree, it was delicious but we couldn’t finish it because it was huge! It’s definitely a nice place to get together with friends

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S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unreal burger just unreal

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TS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner at Craigie. The waitstaff was very attentive. The food and drinks were both delicious. The tasting menu has limited options, so if you are a picky eater, this place might not be for you. Overall, a very good spot to eat dinner for a special occasion.

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FP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony Maws and team have been dishing out creative and distinctive food for years, with attentive and appropriate service. I am happy to say they continue to do so. I brought some first timers to the Craigie, and the choice made me look good. Plus, I revisited some old favorites (like marrow bones) and tried some new dishes (like heirloom kale salad.) It was all good.

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Came in specifically for a burger on Tuesday, 1/8@5:30pm, with a reservation. Was SLOWLY seated at the bar and immediately informed the bar tender that I had time limitations, needing to leave @6:15pm. Even with this info, he took my order, a burger with NO CHEESE (I'm lactose intolerant) and proceeded to 'chat' with other customers at the bar. Several minutes later, I heard/saw him place my order. At 5:57pm, my burger arrived. After my first bite, I checked my burger to discover it had cheese. After several unsuccessful attempts to get a server's attention, with time slipping by, I scraped the cheese off. Not happy.

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New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner for two on a chilly Sunday evening. The food and service could not have been better. I especially appreciated the Moroccan-inspired parsnip dish on a groat bed that tasted better than anything we ate on a recent trip to Morocco. Each dish we had was very well-prepared and thought out. The bill was admittedly a little higher than I expected, but the dishes at Cragie on Main were well worth it. The Sunday evening reservation also allowed for a quiet table and dining experience.

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DP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Craigie’s. Phil is a super star! Gets better every time!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky enough to grab the much sought after Craigie on Main burgers! Totally worth the early dinner :) Would highly recommend.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

New Year's Day brunch menu was fun, creative with ingredients that played well together. We sampled three different mains -- all excellent. Cocktails were fine. Table in bar had good spacing from others; conversation was not a strain. Service was a little slow and fuzzy -- bread basket took awhile, courses well-spaced, had to ask for coffee after dessert; coffee on first pour was not up to temperature.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent food and service. Well worth the trip into Cambridge.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good ambiance. Service was just ok.

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r
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening celebrating NYE

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were at Craigie with friends for the New Year's prix fixe menu and it was outstanding. The service was superb and the wines excellent. Expensive? Yes, but a truly worthwhile meal to savor.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE pre-fixed menu was wonderful-as usual, the food and experience is worth the expense. Our waiter was superb, patiently making great wine recommendations to our party and explaining the menu.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I have been to Craigie for both dinner and brunch a number of times and this was the first time I was disappointed. We were there for NYE with a fixed menu and my husband had to send his main course back to the kitchen as the lamb was tough and mostly all fat. Service was excellent however as was the rest of the meal and the wine pairings.

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony Maws continues to produce brilliant food. The wines are curated so as to be rare and excellent at reasonable prices. For example, the Laherte Frères Brut Rosé de Saignée Champagne. The pork shoulder confit was spectacular. My daughter and son-in-law in town from San Francisco were so happy with the Maine scallops. And I ordered a side of bone marrow which they devoured. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. This place is a gem.

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BA
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first time at Craigie and won’t be our last. Impeccable service, and fortunate enough to get a tableful of famous burgers that live up to the hype! Pre burger, devouring the bone marrow toast, melt in your mouth Brussels, and can you take an onion ring to the next level? Certainly, a total taste treat. The offering of beet hummus was sublime. Handcrafted cocktails were creative and perfected by a Skilled Barman! Water servers were on point with a delightful merriment. Cheers for Craigie!

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