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About Craigie on Main

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.


853 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic

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.

Cross Street:
Main St. and Mass. Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 497-5511

Website:
http://www.craigieonmain.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop

Executive Chef:
Tony Maws

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

Private Party Contact:
Sam@samkanter.com: (617) 497-5511

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit our website for information about upcoming events!
http://www.craigieonmain.com/?page_id=370

Craigie on Main Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.5

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4.0

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
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Tasting Menu (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Cozy (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Romantic (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Authentic (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Seasonal (10)
Business Meals (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
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People Watching (4)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Casual (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went there for brunch and didn’t think it was something to rave about. We had a burger, shrimp and grits, side salad and French toast - none of the dishes blew anyone’s mind. Maybe dinner experience is different, but too bad we won’t find out.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was imaginative and tasty, the hostess was rather abrupt and rude and instructed us to stand on a little ramp since we were early for our reservation. When a spot at the bar opened and we moved our selves there, she seemed annoyed. It was not a very friendly welcome. Service at the table was a mixture of good to inattentive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Just a lovely environment with great food and excellent service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Bar area was very cold--uncomfortable. Service was over complicated. Tiny portions. Quality decent by way overpriced. Drinks were small and weak. An extremely disappointing experience.

Tags: Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

One of the best burgers I've ever had in my life. Definitely the most special burger I've ever had.
My one qualm would be that it was just a bit too salty - the potato wedges too.

I am enticed to try something from the actual menu next time I come, but it'll be hard to resist not getting that burger again.

Service was really great. Waiters were fast and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montana)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It was awesome. Got the burger and it was as awesome as it is rumored to be. Scallop app was great as well. We sat at the bar, it was excellent. It is higher-priced but worth it.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food seems to get better every time. This is a must go to restaurant! It is fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The service was good but the food was lukewarm to cold - my guest sent her food back. I really was expecting a better experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We had a decent dinner at Craigie on Main, but it was, simply, not worth the cost. When I order a whole chicken for two, I expect it both to be a high-quality chicken (which is was) and cooked to a level that I could not do at home (which it was not). it was good, don't get me wrong, but it was not great. The skin was not crisp, due to the heavy marinade or rub, and it was not fully cooked through (the areas near the thigh joints were undercooked. Not too bad in a $20 entree, unforgivable in a signature $70 chicken for two.

The Becker riesling almost made up for it though.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Having been to Craigie a few times before for Chef's Whim, we weren't quite as impressed by the food this time around. Service was unusually slow (our waiter also forgot to bring bread).

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were seated at a small two top right across from the kitchen entry. The tables are extremely close together so you feel cramped in and that fact, combined with a view of severs running in and out of the kitchen, didn’t feel great when spending $150+ per person. The food itself was good, but generally salty and a little under-seasoned. The octopus, which came highly recommended by our server, was bland. The pasta was average. The entrees, pork and chicken, were very good. The pork rib was succulent and the chicken was flavorful and very moist. The chocolate finish was bland.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Came for the burger but unfortunately they had run out 9 minutes after opening. The overall menu is definitely pricey, and while the food was delicious, not everything was 'blow your mind' good in a way that would justify the price. They start you off with small bites which is a nice touch. The octupus was great and our favorite item-- loved the complex flavors that came together on the plate. The pork was very good, but not something that I'd run around town recommending as something that others NEED to try. The brussel sprouts honestly left something to be desired. Servers were very attentive and atmosphere was relatively quiet and refined. I would say that this is a great place to go if you are fine with having expensive meals casually-- for a special occasion, you could probably find a better spot.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This place is known to be one of the best in the Boston area and has been for a long time. They have the best burger in town, for sure. When I went for dinner (not a burger) I enjoyed my meal, but wasn't blown away. They did take good care of me as someone with some special dietary needs and luckily I was able to eat many of the menu items without any modifications to them. The thing that stood out the most was the cocktail I ordered - their version of an old fashioned - delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Every bite was filled with exquisite delicate taste sensations. What a delightful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Mixture of good and just ok, so probably wouldn’t go back for the price. Hosts - great! Server - kind of unmotivated and just there. When we asked her for most popular items I thought she’d say definitely go for the tasting menu (seeing other reviews on here), but she just suggested some dishes which supposedly were the most popular. Oysters - perfect! Octopus - overcooked way too soft, kind of bland.. Three-way pork dish - you get 3 different fatty pieces of pork in the same sauce..wasn’t a fan! The steak dish was good. The autumn carrot cake was delish and along with the oysters probably the two best dishes of the dinner!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Creative menu deliciously executed. Attentive staff.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Dined in the bar, a great choice table with view of entire restaurant and bar--perfect vantage point. Food outstanding, drinks and wine also excellent, and excellent service with knowledgeable wait staff. All one could ask for--timing was impeccable on food delivery.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We have so much fun at Craigie on Main--because the staff is so well trained and the food is creative and special. We had almost everything on the small plates menu and three mains. All were very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I absolutely love Craigie On Main, while I don't visit often, it's the perfect special occasional due to the price point. The wait staff is kind and knowledgeable and isn't annoyingly attentive! I can't wait for another occasion to come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our party of three found our meal at Craigie on Main a wonderful experience beginning to end. Wait staff were attentive and well-informed. The cocktails were interesting blends ands flavors. The food was innovative and perfectly prepared. The octopus, for example was the tenderest and most well-seasoned we have ever encountered, as were the oysters. The Hake entree with its accompanying sauces and vegetables and the lamb as well were excellent. Desserts such as the panacotta ended a memorable meal.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The tasting menu was fabulous, food was inventive with delightful plates, the tastes all worked well together. The service was very attentive yet comfortable and friendly. Just a GEM.
Thank you all for a special evening

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our family often chooses Craigie on Main for special meals, or just when we get together.
The food is the best on Boston. The burger cannot be beat. The tasting menu is also outstanding, so worth the price.
We do eat out often in Boston, often in the South End, but Craigie on Main is our favorite restaurant by far.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food at Craigie on Main is fresh and delicious. My fiancee and I ordered the five course meal. We loved being surprised, and each course was unique and tasty. My fiancee has some dietary restrictions, so we each received a different option for each course. Fun! And the servers and chefs were very personable and accommodating to our tastes.

Craigie on Main is a pretty expensive restaurant (especially if you add cocktails), and we likely cannot afford to go back any time soon, but it's a great place to splurge for a special occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I ordered a burger, which was excellent and lived up to their reputation. Was served rare though and I ordered medium rare. The server handled it well and explained this is how they come out given the quality of the beef (which was excellent). I also ordered an Old Fashioned and was overly sweet. (yes, I'm picky about them but given their reputation for craft cocktails, I would have expected better).

The service was excellent. Loved that they offered to take our coats as we came in and left my leftover bag at the host station.

All in all a good experience and I'll definitely return but my experience was not quite up to their reputation.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We went for my wife's birthday dinner with my two kids (ages 10 and 8) and my father-in-law. We love that the restaurant strives for local and organic ingredients as we eat that way at home. Service was fantastic and food was phenomenal. My 10-year old son actually ordered the tasting menu and ate everything that was put in front of him! They actually brought him an extra course too, we'd like to think the kitchen staff were watching him to see what else he'd eat!

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

This was my second visit and the dinner was fantastic. Great server as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent, warm service
We sat at the bar for brunch and enjoyed watching the kitchen staff in action. Great food, well presented, staff easy to talk to and super friendly.
Only suggestion for improvement is an expansion of the brunch food and drink menu with more selections

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

way too expensive, menu is way too limited, inflexible about substituting sides for fries on the hamburger == for what they are charging it's the least they could do --- very noisy

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I haven’t eaten that well in The Boston area for a very long time! Great cocktail choices (fab gin!), honest, seasonal tasty food, and charming service. What else do you need?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and I had a good time at Craigie. The restaurant was nice, albeit on the small side, but seating was comfortable. Good on ambiance, but noise level is a bit high for my liking. Service was excellent. With reservations, we did not wait at all for a table on a Fri night. Food was very good overall. We had the octopus and oyster starters, both good. The hake main course was excellent as well. That said, the great food does not justify the high prices. I expected more tbh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent mix of creativity, presentation, taste and interesting wine selections.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We did the 7 course tasting menu. All the food and drink were excellent. Phil was the best waiter - fun, informative, knowledgeable about all the food and good wine to go with the meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wanted to try something new and different and outside of Boston for a change....and what a gem...great unique and delicious menu...amazing cocktails and fabulous wine. The service was excellent. Will recommend!!! We had the suckling pig and was it good!~

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My favorite place to eat and it's worth the cost. Restaurant has a great warm feel, noise is at a healthy level, music (seemed like a lot of Miles Davis the night we just went to) is at just the right volume and the food is just great. You always felt like you ate something special. Staff is friendly and really helpful.

A few quibbles:
-Most recent appetizer list is pretty limited and i wish they'd bring back the pig tails
-I think the wine list outsmarts itself and is more difficult than it needs to be. It took us a little effort to get where we wanted to go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Went for a date, the food was amazing and the menu had loads of variety. Aside from the noise level, it was an amazing experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday and ended up sitting at the bar so that he could get the burger. So I think the fact that I put in our reservation that it was his birthday got lost, but he was more than ok with that since he was so happy to have gotten the infamous burger. The food was outstanding!! We've always loved octopus so we got that as an appetizer and it was cooked perfectly. The service was great as well; Ben the bartender was phenomenal and really helped make our experience enjoyable. We will be going back, and highly recommend it here

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had the five course taster and it was fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The burger was as good as advertised, and a ton of fun!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved it. Great service.

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