Craigie on Main

4.7
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3820 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
A longtime Cambridge staple, Craigie on Main serves a seasonal menu specializing in farm-to-table American cuisine. Each meal is made to order with bold flavors and fresh, local ingredients. We are proud to be the Winner of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2019 for Best Restaurant, General Excellence.
Join us in the main dining room for a 3 or 4-course prix fixe menu, or make your reservation in the bar for a la carte options or the famous burger (limited supply - check our website for more info!)
Start out your meal at Craigie on Main with local oysters or hand-made pasta. Choose from entrees like Pennsylvania Dutch country chicken or slow-cooked local swordfish. Sundays after 7:30, experience Chef's WHIM, a surprise tasting menu at a special price.
The menu changes often and typically includes daily specials so everyone is sure to find something to enjoy. We are known for our extensive wine list, but we also boast a full bar and skilled craft bartenders.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Definitely kit top flight food anymore.

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PaulaD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a table in the bar area and enjoyed delicious burgers. Service was excellent but not stuffy. Definitely make reservations

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent, the food was fine but not as special as our last visit. Felt it could have been better, might have been the menu options on this particular night

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RonS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at a bar table, had a superb and helpful waitress, and the food and drinks were great. It was a celebration, and the spot couldn't have been better.

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ColSox
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My adult son and I dined here on a quiet, near end of winter weekday night. The service was outstanding beginning with the hostess through the final oatmeal cookie treat brought to our table as I signed the check. We enjoyed the server's recommendations for the pate and the squid ink pasta for our first and second courses. The roasted chicken was presented to us on an appropriately-sized platter before it was carved. Everything had a bistro atmosphere to it. The only minor critique was the very, very low lighting to read the menu and wine list. We will be back!

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vipTheLoves
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Boston and took my son who now lives there. The ambiance is fun, our server was fantastic - the perfect blend of being helpful and giving us our space, and the food was excellent. Craigie On Main never fails to deliver.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for an anniversary dinner. Staff was great, there was a congratulatory note from the chef when we arrived and a candle with our dessert course to celebrate. Food was excellent with complex but well integrated flavor profiles.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ate was very good. The burgers fantastic and our waiter was able to recommend delicious apps and drinks. Would definitely come back next time we’re in town and would recommend to others visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the bar which was more casual and laid back. Different more limited menu, but you can also order from the main dining room menu. The burger was amazing and worth the hype!

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Soso
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was uninspired, at least for the prix fix menu. Can have a much better and much more interesting meal for equivalent amount in a fun and cool environment elsewhere.

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AradL
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I really wanted to like this place. After seeing relatively good reviews and hearing about the "award winning chef" I expected a great culinary experience. Unfortunately, there was nothing spectacular about the meal. Nothing was bad, but the food was just good rather than exceptional which is what I would expect given the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and brings us back to the feeling of dining in France. Service is spot on - very attentive and professional.

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vipCotuits
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We sat at a table in the bar area. The music was loud and annoying. I am a music lover, but enjoying a high quality meal with R&B screamers playing overhead was disgraceful for an elite restaurant.

Several dishes were significantly over-salted. Good tasting food is more than overloading ingredients with salt.

Check with 20% tip approached $400. Not worth it.

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vipNicoleW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our time there last night. Food was exceptional, perfectly portioned, and delicious. Server was knowledgeable and even helped us create a wine pairing with every course. Perfect! We will definitely be back.

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vipdbotchar
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a colleague from Canada. It was an amazing way to impress them and make them feel special.

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Glen
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We came here for the burger as it's reputation was strong. The burger was good, but at $26 per I was hoping/expecting it to be in my top 5 of all time. We're coming from Chicago so it had a lot to live up to, and sadly it did not compare. I wouldn't even say it's in the top 5 burgers I've had in Boston in the past year. It was of good quality meat, it was just a little overly medium rare and was kind of just straight forward. I've heard good things about the rest of their menu, and we also had the brussels sprouts which were really good and the service was excellent, I just wouldn't recommend you rush here and wait in line for their burger. And this doesn't apply to everyone but their beer list wasn't that impressive either. Maybe our expectations were too high, but given Craigie's reputation I think we are being fair in our judgement.

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vipAnnM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great except the eggplant was too salty for me to eat.

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing! Each course was better than the last and the staff was great. Will definitely come back!

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DAVIDW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always consistently good. Well done C on M as that is not easy in the restaurant business

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vipJeremy
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I sat at the chef’s counter. Food was fine, but the experience was severely downgraded by the chef screaming at his sous-chefs (and others in the kitchen) throughout the meal, literally feet from me. I won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was a pretty good meal, just underwhelming relative to the reputation of the restaurant

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andh
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was great. The drinks were great. Inexplicably, our server disappeared after the third course so it took a bit to get dessert or drinks or the bill but I assume that was a one-off thing. Generally would recommend this, however.

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vipNickatBoston
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sat at the Chef's Counter with a clear line of site into the kitchen. Fascinating. I now have a deeper respect for what the 'back of the house' does - the chefs, sous chefs, and runners. It was GREAT fun to watch my dinner being made by and then handed to me by one of the chefs. The food was terrific - I had the smoked trout appetizer, the faro pasta 1st course, and the Delicata squash entree. Wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a super dinner in the bar....the Craigie Burger with their recommended red wine. Perfect. Nice buzz in the room and fabulous service. Loved our waiter...

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darkstar
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in this restaurant is able to balance delectability with creativity like very very few can.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my boyfriend. I enjoyed the special touch of a birthday card with his name handwritten on there. The food was all amazing - our favorites were the burger and the smelts.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Craigie on Main was a delicious experience. However, I was disappointed that the burger was not available in the main dining room. It was the one thing I was looking forward to trying.

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vipKellyO
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, unique dishes, very southern french ambiance that's unassuming. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ok overall, nothing to write home about.

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vipwacky24
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were visiting Boston and Craigie on Main came up on a Google search for good tasting menus. Upon further research I realized that the "Chef's Whim" tasting sounded fun and adventurous so we ended up making a reservation for that. It was so delicious, fun and interesting! We were lucky enough to sit at the kitchen bar where we saw all the magic happen. I would definitely recommend Craigie on Main and if you're able to - do the Chef's Whim Tasting!

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Wonderful
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been too long since I’ve last been. Craigie on Main still one of The best Every course was amazing. Service was friendly, professional and timely. Need get back sooner. Chef Maws and his team are among the best in the city.

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DonP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always an adventure -- ingredients may be off the beaten track, spice mix pairings may be unconventional or you might not have heard of some of the wines, but the end result is most often a very worthwhile treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Day brunch at Craigie has become a tradition. The only disappointment was that they didn’t have the donut this year

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vipTommy
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another amazing New Year’s Day brunch. Fantastic food, great ambience.

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vipBacktalk
New England
49 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We have dined here many times over the years and have had meals ranging from extraordinary to underwhelming. Our latest I’m sorry to say was the latter. My drink was interesting and satisfactory.

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vipJackiecaswell
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice meal. Good food and great service. Comfortable seating and nice ambience

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vipSaraD
New England
70 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant!
We have celebrated special family milestones, shared Passover with friends, and come to dine, just because.
Christmas Eve we were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary and couldn’t think of a better place.
The warm, welcome and gracious, efficient service set the stage for an outstanding dining experience.
Thank you Tony Maws and crew, you never disappoint.

FAQs

Craigie on Main does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Craigie on Main also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 497-5511.

Craigie on Main is rated 4.7 stars by 3820 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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