Craigie on Main

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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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every moment was fantastic. A memorable night!

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

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

b
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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

AV
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service were both outstanding!

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

CL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

T
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was very disappointing!!

HO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

One of the worst dining experiences in recent memory. First of all we were kept waiting 15 min past our reserved time. We told them as soon as we set down we were famished. Yet they never warned us the two main courses we ordered took extra long. Only When over 30 min later they hadn’t arrived and we complained did they tell us the each take 45 min. They dud bring us a free serving of a dip. But the whole chicken when it arrived more than 45 min after ordering had some of the dark meat translucent meaning it was not fully cooked. When we complained the Manager said he was sorry it was not to our liking. As if anyone would eat undercooked chicken (unsafe!}! The Pig’s Head took over 1 hour to arrive. The Manager in the end did not charge for either main course. But I would have preferred to pay full price abc have eaten a good carefree meal.

MK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Expected food to be better but perhaps ordered wrong menu items

VN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was absolutely perfect! The service and food were impeccable!

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

super yummy - definitely matches the hype! highly recommended.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Collin was an excellent host for our special night. Thank you for a great dinner and experience.

B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this dining experience! Every course was exceptional. The three of us each had something different and then shared. We all enjoyed every dish. I’ll definitely return on my next trip to Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Third time at Chef's Whim was a little bit of a letdown. The past two experiences were very memorable with great dishes and a good all around experience - after our previous experience we immediately circled a date for a return visit on our calendars. This most recent visit was ok, but really paled in comparison to our earlier experiences. The overall service and atmosphere were fine but the menu itself was a bit of a letdown. I'm sure we'll be back, but we won't be in a hurry.

W
Shropshire
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was so disappointing! Perhaps if it were not Labor Day weekend it would have been better. We waited hours for the food, each course. The restaurant appeared to be busy but not super busy; there were some free tables.

The food was fine, except for the really gluey rolls. The prices seemed overboard.

KG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Every good restaurant has an off night. We must have had the misfortune of going to Craigie on an off night. Food was good, though the kitchen seemed to be having some issues. Service was just poor all around. Really poor.

L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Heavy hand with the salt shaker in the kitchen.
After a refreshing cocktail, we opted for two courses and dessert. The "second course" dishes were wonderful. Fried clams were better than any I ever had in Essex, with a light breading and tasty anchoiade. The pasta was wonderful, with chewy house-made farro conchiglie (shells) pasta and a superb pork ragout. Unfortunately, the entrees were somewhat disappointing. The Hanger Steak was prepared with a miso rub and burnt bread puree, so I was prepared for some strong flavors, but it was astoundingly salty. It made me wonder if whoever was doing the salting didn't realize that the rub already would be quite salty. It really took the pleasure out of what should have been a great dish. In that context, the pork loin and sausage also were heavily salted - not enough to be unpleasant, but more than seemed necessary. For dessert my dinner partner and I shared Blackberry shortcake, which was great, with flakey emmer shortcakes, with fresh blackberries and a wonderful anise hysop ice cream. With a cup of coffee, a nice way to finish an overall disappointing meal.

GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The burger is a must at Craigie - although need to come by 5:30 because it's only 18 per day

F
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall we were satisfied, but based on what we read, we expected better. Service mediocre, pasta lacked taste, and chicken dish was dry. What was amazing was the BIBLE cocktail.

DP
London
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Been to Craigie several time over the last 2 years. Food was great and cocktail at the bar was excellent! It's was a bit expensive so will have to save up before my next visit!

S
New England
63 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been going to Craigie for my husband's birthday for NINE years now! And we have NO regrets about it. It's a LOVELY restaurant, DELICIOUS food, and a warm and welcoming staff. We always are on cloud nine after dining at Craigie.
Craigie is amazing for special occasions, great for a date, perfect bar scene (if you want a tasty cocktail and food), and can also fit for a work dinner.
We'll keep coming back as long as they'll keep having us. Craigie is my favorite restaurant in Boston, hands down.

GB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great and unique food, crazy expensive.

TE
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a wonderful dinner with a friend at Craigie on Main. It was our first time at the restaurant and I have to admit, the food and the service were more than worth the visit. It is a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth every penny. They have a bar as well; if you have a budget but want to enjoy good conversation, cocktails or wine, and tasty bites, I strongly recommend the bar at Craigie on Main. I'll wrap up by saying I'm looking forward to returning with some other friends before the week is out. ;)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food - only wish I knew what the difference was between bar seating and table seating when I was given the option. I thought bar actually meant at the bar, not in a separate side of the restaurant where the tables are not that great, it’s noisier an overall not as great of an experience considering I spent 270 on dinner

OT
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

It was Ok. My expectatives were higher. The main dish took too long and it wasn’t the best. The pasta was my favorite.

MK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary at Craigie has become an annual tradition for us, and this was no exception. We were greeted warmly and noticed the "happy anniversary" card at our table. No complimentary champagne like years past, but that's ok. Our waitress was prompt and friendly. We were disappointed to hear that the tasting menu was no longer being offered, but that if we did not want to do the four-course menu, the kitchen would put together a tasting menu for us. Nice offer, but we decided to order from the menu. I do think Craigie could have done a better job informing guests about the tasting menu change, even if just a note of the website. Courses 1-3 were quite excellent, with the exception of an heirloom tomato dish that seemed a little unimaginative, and did not appear to include the advertised feta. The dessert menu was a little unusual in the sense that the choices were all pretty unconventional. My wife had the olive oil chocolate mousse (which was a little firmer and crispier than she would have liked), while I had a shortcake with anise ice cream (would have preferred a simple vanilla option). Our less than outstanding assessment of food quality was related specifically to the desserts. Our wait staff were very good. Only concern was that about halfway through our meal, the restaurant had started to get much busier, and our initial server vanished to other tables (never to return) and we were left in the hands of another server who we had not previously met. Not bad, just simply not as smooth flowing as we are used to. We will definitely be back next year, though we will likely try to come on a weekend so we can enjoy the "surprise" factor of the tasting menu.

n
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had the chef's whim menu, which was a decent value and delicious, provided you are willing to commit to mystery with respect to what's coming. They offer pescatarian and vegetarian options, so it isn't a deal breaker for those who care about such things. The wine list is pricey, but the selections good. Our particular table was pretty hectic -- close to the open kitchen, which was interesting, but heavily trafficked and noisy, which did not align well with the high dining we were doing. Craigie is clearly one of the finest, most consistent restaurants in the area, but there is no question you pay for the privilege. Oddly, we weren't offered coffee or tea at the end of our meal.

CP
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was by and large delicious. The overall flavor profile was bitter, but that was ok, the dishes were balanced enough and that was the intent. The value, though, just wasn’t there, mostly due to portion size. We are not big eaters, but the plates for the chef’s three course dinner were ridiculously small and the bill very large.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not the Craigie I used to know: ( So many issues, that added up to an expensive and very unsatisfying experience. Especially when I hand-picked this restaurant for a foodie friend coming in from out of town.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was the tiniest bit too salty for all dishes. We had a lovely time regardless.

NY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as ever! Somehow I come to this place with higher and higher expectations each time and it never fails to impress. Amazing food. Superb wine. Wonderful scene. This is the best restaurant in Boston.

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