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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

On Christmas Eve we will be closing our kitchen at 9PM, but will be open for brunch during normal hours of 10:30AM-2PM. Our full menus will be available for both brunch and dinner. We look forward to having you - happy holidays!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

This New Year's Eve we will be serving an early evening $130 5-course prix fixe menu, followed by a late evening $160 6-course prix fixe menu including complimentary champagne toast. Please note we will require a credit card on file to finalize your reservation. We look forward to having you!

Craigie on Main Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

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4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
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Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (5)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We used to love this restaurant but hadn't been in a few years and came away slightly disappointed. First of all, the wines by the glass were very pricey and the three lower price ones weren't very good. To order the better ones one would pay nearly $40. When the entree was $35. The bottles were also very expensive. This really set a bad tone for the evening. The oysters were a bit sour but the pasta app was excellent. We waited a long time for the entrees, almost an hour so ate a lot of bread but when they came swordfish was a tad dryi thought but chicken was good with strong cumin flavor. My friends weren't quite as negative and the place was hopping.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Lived up to the hype. Yes, even with a 5:30 reservation, show up by 5:00. No, you cannot only sit at the bar, but unless you are having a romantic tet-a tete, then do sit at the bar. The bartenders are great, their service is wonderful and it was, well, just fun!
The burger was ridiculous, I keep thinking about it days after our meal. Indulge in some appetizers, as well, and be sure to order a cocktail - they are well-thought out and delicious.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I’ve eaten here often because the food is great. A foodie’s delight. A little pretentious, though. What’s with the “burgers only at the bar”?

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Given its elite rep nothing on the menu blew us away and the wine was just ok and overpriced for what it was.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The Essex claims were my favorite part of the meal. And the polenta was great too. And of course Iggy's bread and the delicious butter. Thank you for yet another wonderful meal.

-Ilene Rosin

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 28, 2017

It was an interesting experience for sure for a progressive restaurant. Tasting menu was ok, best part was the lamb. Service was terrible expect for the manager who came by to check on us mid meal. He had the fun personality that made us wish he was our server. I am a believer a restaurant is just a restaurant that serves food until you add experience. This experience was a restaurant. I was looking and expected more, why not this chef has earned James Beard Awards. Servers make your meal come to life in explanation and excitement. I hope progressive doesn't mean not meaningful and left to your own interpretation. I'm paying for experience and expertise otherwise why come here?

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Food and service was impeccable. The only slightly underwhelming course was the pork prepared in three different ways. Otherwise, the servers couldn't have been more attentive, and they made the celebration of my husband's birthday very special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Truly a spectacular meal. Definitely do not miss the burger.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Excellent meal. Fabulous service. Wait staff was terrific.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The Craigie Team NEVER disappoints! From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave, you feel welcome, special, and satisfied! The food always keeps me on my toes with fresh and local ingredients. We always leave with the biggest smiles on our faces! :-)
Thank you Craigie on Main for another wonderful evening!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Most of the food was excellent; the rest was satisfactory. The service, however, was shockingly poor and unacceptable for the price point. Our server had to take our order twice, writing it down the second time, and still got it wrong. She failed to grasp that one of the people in our party wanted to have multiple sides/appetizers as her main course and brought her food about twenty minutes before everyone else's. I also overheard her making comment to another patron implying that the woman's decision to order a brunch cocktail at noon was indulgent. I'll be back for dinner anyway because I must try the confit pig's head, service be damned.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were very excited to try this highly recommended establishment. The service was superb and elevated what was just a mediocre food experience. We were a party of 6 and all opted for the $85.00 per person tasting menu. The courses were a mixed bag of precious bites. The seafood and pasta courses were good, but the lamb loin and lamb tongue course was very disappointing. As a group we felt the tasting course should be on the menu so that customers know what they are ordering not just being at the mercy and whim of the kitchen. We tried it because the restaurant has such a good reputation, but overall it was disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We came to Craigie on Main for an 8 course tasting menu with wine pairings from a Gilt City offer we got. We love tasting menus and were excited to try it at a "discount" since it's an one of the iconic restaurants of Boston. I wouldn't say we were disappointed, but we definitely weren't wowed. The restaurant itself is unimpressive so don't come expecting a fancy dinner (casual dress is fine). Of the 8 dishes none were very memorable. The oysters were great, but doesn't take much to prepare a great oyster. The pasta dish was strongly pumpernickel, which apparently is a polarizing flavor because the 3 people I was with all didn't like it. The chicken dish was good but wasn't mind blowing. Dessert was meh. The wine and service were both excellent. I'm not sure how much the tasting goes for on the reg, but I definitely wouldn't pay more than we did for what we got. I think this place is missing innovation and is due for a revamp is some way.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Except for the music played, everything is fine

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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Service and ambiance was neighborhood/local quality. Prices were a couple of cuts above that. Service was way too casual.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Exquisite food, imaginative menu. The tasting menu was fun to try. The wild boar was a little tough but everything else was perfection.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Very disappointing. For this price point of chefs tasting, expected better ambience and service. We were seated in the bar area where it felt like we were at an Irish pub but with the price range of L'Espalier. We didn't even have table cloths on our table.

L'Espalier is a MUCH better value with superb food, ambience and impeccable service .

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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I came here with a friend who lives on the upper west side of Manhattan. We ordered the chicken for two, a whole roasted chicken that the server brought out for us to see whole in all its roasted glory and then was expertly carved for us. It was without a doubt, the absolutely best chicken we each have ever eaten. Sumptuous. We have both dined extensively, and I will often order the chicken as a form of the Hammersley's chicken test. The quality of roast chicken indicates the quality of the restaurant every time. This was hands-down the best. Absolute perfection. You can draw any further conclusions about the meal from this... Slam dunk wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I would go there every Sunday at 9:00 pm if I lived in Boston! Great food! Very inventive and fresh!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It's pricey but food is good, quiter at the bar more noisey at the table

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We had a wonderful and delicious dinner with our dear friends who loved it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We got there at 5:15 (opens 5:30) in anticipation for a line, we were there for 2 of 18 burgers served nightly! We got in at 5:30 ordered our burgers and by 5:52 it was sold out. Meat literally melts in your mouth, super tender, vegetables fresh and light, bun is light and not heavy at all. Egg was cooked to perfection, bacon was salty and crisp (not greasy) I give it a 9.4
Deduct points for being medium not medium rare. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Amazing food and great service. Very reasonable brunch prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went for Father's Day brunch. Everyone was very pleasant and efficient from hostess to servers to barkeeper. If they did not know something about food (I asked if there is fennel in sausage), they found out asap.(No fennel) Raves for the burger and kale, egg sandwich. French toast was tasty but accompanied sauce was just ok. Will definitely come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Overall, the experience was very positive. We had ordered two sides to share, and we were halfway through our entrees before we realized that the sides had never been brought to our table. We asked the waiter, and he was surprised that nothing had come. He removed the items from our bill, and that was OK because the meal was still awesome.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

The service was excellent; bartender and waitstaff were great. Cocktails were great. We did the 5 course tasting menu for 4 people. The food was good, but it was not amazing. The value was med-low. At that price point (>$100/pp just for food, inc. tip) there are better options in the Boston area. That being said, we had a lovely evening. If we go again, we'll go early in the evening (before 6pm), sit at the bar, and try to get the special burger.

On a side note, I needed two quarters for the parking meter, and instead of giving me change from the register the hostess made me walk down the street to Bertucci's to get change. We spent over $500 on dinner, and they weren't willing to check the register for 2 quarters to give me change for a dollar? That interaction started off the evening on really weird note. Bertuccis was quite nice about it!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

This was at least my 20th visit and the food was its usual high quality. My only complaint is that the service is not really professional. I have lived in Europe for some 4 years in the past and there they have professional waiters that do their work so well and quietly. Here the waiter that served our dessert just practically threw it on our table acting as if it were an imposition on him to serve it. Then he just walked off. This made my son and I quite angry and it sort of ruined the whole evening for us. Really Craigie on Main train your waiters better. If one is willing to fork over $200.00 for dinner then they should not be treated rudely.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We loved the atmosphere and had attentive service. We found the menu confusing; it should be more clear what the options are because the side dishes are substantial and a good alternative to the prix fixe meals. There was a problem with our order and the restaurant took full responsibility for it. Overall a place for special occasions with good service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 8, 2017

My wife and I had been to Craigie on Main several years ago (when it was still on Craigie Street) and had long been planning a return visit. However, on our recent return to the restaurant in its new location, we were simply underwhelmed by the experience. The waitress was was less friendly than I would have expected, and there were long stretches where we felt on our own, with an empty wine glass or finished plates. The bread also took a long time to arrive. The food, while certainly flavorful and interesting, did not offer the transcendent experience one might expect from the menu or the pricing (my wife and I each ordered "The Craigie Experience" tasting menu). Indeed, we have recently eaten at local competitors (such as Bergamont in Somerville and Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square) where the food was just as good (or better, in the case of Beat Brasserie) with a more pleasant overall experience (particularly with respect to service). I certainly hope that Craigie on Main can recapture some of its luster, because it would be wonderful for it to reclaim its long-standing reputation for excellence.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Been wanting to try Craigie for awhile, but was disappointed overall. Was asked about food allergies when the reservation was confirmed and was told "don't worry, we'll take care of you", but server didn't even bring up when we were there. I can't have dairy so the only thing on the menu that they could alter was the avocado toast. While it was good, it certainly wasn't worth $14. Was surprised to hear that they couldn't substitute in oil for butter on some of the other dishes. Upscale restaurants such as this one should be able to better accommodate food allergies, especially one as common as lactose intolerance. So many less expensive - but just as good - restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville where I can get more for my money and actually feel like I'm receiving top-notch service.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Always a great place to treat myself to something special when I'm in the city

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We have had dinner here a number of times, but when Craigie started doing brunch we had to try it. Everything was creative, expertly prepared, and delicious. We will come back for brunch!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The cocktails we ordered upfront (before any food order) arrived after the bread, amuse bouche, and appetizers. We even asked twice before they arrived if the wait staff could find out what happened to the orders. In our view, this is very bad service, especially for a restaurant that prides itself on its cocktail menu. The cocktails should arrive first, before the appetizers for sure, so that we can unwind a bit before food starts arriving.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Could be improve by getting comfortable chairs.
Could use less salt overall.
Mussels dish did not have good seasoning.

Chicken was moist and perfect.
Fish cerviche had excellent flavors and seasoning.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Absolutely fantastic-from the food to the service to every details. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Creative food that did not miss. So much on the menu I wish I could have tried. best Burger in Boston for sure.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Food was excellent, perfectly prepared asparagus, great steak and fish. Service was spotty. Multiple dishes forgotten, then charged for one and brought the other after the meal. I dropped my napkin, and it was retrieved ( which is nice) but never replaced. Not a big deal, but notably slipshod for a place like this. Overall, the food and company made it a nice evening, though.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was outstanding, so was the wine. I definitely can't wait to visit when I go back!

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 (Newcastle)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Fantastic food, cocktails and service! Definitely recommend going for the chef taster menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Craigie on Main was good but not great, and I was expecting it to be great, based on reviews, and the restrictive reservation policy, as well as the stratospheric prices. And it was good, but the menu is limited. I couldn't find an entree that appealed to me, so ordered two appetizers. The lamb rillettes was mundane, while the whole-wheat pasta dish was pretty good. The dessert of house-made sorbet was delicious. My spouse was more enthusiastic, particularly about the fried clams, and the milk chocolate cremeux dessert. The service was very good, while the ambience is casual with an academic vibe in keeping with the MIT neighborhood. In all, it was good, but there was nothing exceptional except the bill.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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