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.
The food was good, but not great. Servers were a little pretentious but not particularly attentive. The atmosphere is fun.
Went for the special burgers - both meat and vegetarian. Burgers were just OK, but definitely did not live up to the hype. The waitstaff were great, as were the drinks. As we were leaving observed the chef/owner berating his staff in a really public, disrespectful way. I simply don't believe in a hostile work environment, even in the high stakes food world. We don't plan on going back.
This is one of the finest, though more expensive restaurants around Cambridge, but really worth going to--I wish I could affording more often !!
We had an excellent meal. The service was good, and the food was excellent (shrimp and grits, pork and eggs). Overall I would highly recommend.
We had a wonderful experience sitting at the bar. The other customers were locals as well and it just felt fun and friendly. Our bartender was super helpful and attentive and our dinner was delicious!
We were disappointed with the food. It just wasn't flavorful. With the exception of the donuts, the food was rather bland. We went for Sunday brunch and the menu was limited. Service was exceptional, though.
The fact that I was asked to give a credit card to hold the reservation was annoying. I made the reservation for 4 people less than 24 hours in advance. If I had wanted to cancel right away, it would have cost me $25 per person. The restaurant had plenty of tables when we arrived. I won't be doing that again.
Extremely disappointing experience. Ordered the 7 course tasting menu and only enjoyed one dish (and we are not picky eaters). Service was slow and we were sitting with our dirty plates for 20 minutes between each course. We really wanted to like this place. Will not return!
best cocktails in new englad
Always a favorite since it’s Craigie Street Bistro days!
The service here was amazing and the burgers were even better!!!
Always a pleasure to dine at Tony Maws place. The attention to detail is meticulous and the food is always fabulous. We had the three course prix fixe and every course was amazing. Cocktail was a little sweet and the guys at the next table were LOUD.... but what can you do! Enjoy the food!
Still our favorite spot!
Easter Sunday Brunch- not good for a family with kids.
We love Craigie's! We went for Easter Brunch, and were not disappointed at all. The food was creative, many house-made items, the quality was outstanding as usual, and the drinks were also great. We sat at the counter watching the chefs, which as interesting, but not exactly private. But we were happy with it, it was fascinating watching them put everything together.
Had the Craigie Experience last week. None of the courses was outstanding, 3/5 were just bad, and none of us could finish them. Fortunately we ordered a side of fried smelt to share: tasty, but barely becoming of a restaurant of this pedigree.
Delicious and satisfying meal at the bar! We split one of the 18 Craigie Burgers being served that night and raves about the flavor of the meat and the crazy good crispy fries. We also shared the squid ink pasta! Finished off with some yummy carrot cake with ginger ice cream and granola and got treated to two amazing little cups of hot chocolate and cardamom - such an unexpected but perfect combination to end our meal! Can’t wait to return to try some other highlights I’ve heard about, especially the veggie burger (Tuesdays only!) and the Spanish octopus first course!
Always love Craigie. Diverse, eclectic menu. Extraordinary service!
The food was great...
Craigie is always a go-to for special occasions! The food always exceeds our expectations (the squid ink pasta dish on the tasting menu blew our minds) and Ben's creations behind the bar are amazing!
Very small portions and too much fat on the small portions of meat
Excellent and imaginative food as usual.
I ate here with my mom after hearing many positive things about the restaurant. I work in a fine dining restaurant and was surprised by the service- it seemed remarkably average, nothing extraordinary at all for such high caliber food. The food was delicious- I had the Arctic char and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. One thing both surprising and disappointing- we ordered white wine and it was served warm. I don’t usually send things back unless it’s truly offensive, but I’d like to enjoy my wine with my dinner and it should be served cold. When new, cold wine was brought to us, the mistake was not really acknowledged and we received no compensation for the mistake. I’m just surprised by the level of service, it does not at all match the delicious food.
The meal was awful and we were so disappointed. My mom ordered the trio of pork. It was slopped onto the plate and luke warm. The waiter was not super accommodative in terms of answering our questions regarding preparation.
My Bavette steak was cold when it arrived and chewy. The waiter was no where to be found to tell him.
When we ordered dessert (2 of them and I had called ahead to say it was my moms birthday and it was mine, too) they didn't take a coffee order and dropped off our desserts with one single candle for the table. Then we waited 25 minutes for the bill and the waiter came back to see if we wanted coffee or tea... this was after the meal was finished.
When we were leaving, the hostess asked how our meal was, I told her it was disappointing because everything out cold and she didn't seem to care (after she asked). Needless to say this will be our last visit.
Two of us were celebrating birthdays, and my daughter was leaving her 2 month old at home with a babysitter for the first time. So we wanted a good meal and evening. My younger daughter is not a food-centric person so she goy the chicken and held her peace.
The birthday daughter, her husband, and I dove in. I ordered a champagne, which we drank with first course (fried clams, octopus, and pate). All got very high marks.
We decided to share Arctic char and the pig’s head. We also ordered brussel sprouts and bone marrow as sides. It was a LOT of food, and all of it was delicious. Once we started eating the pig’s head, the char was an afterthought. If I were ordering again, I would order the char to come as a first course to share. And we loved the bone marrow, but I might want another vegetable to balance the richness.
I drink a lot of burgundy, and there were fun choices. We had Morey-Saint-Denis that was just right, both on its own and with the food.
They brought us candles with dessert.
It was an expensive meal, no doubt, but the food and service were exemplary. Definitely special event worthy!!!
Everything was wonderful, but I think it may be a victim of its own success in that the hype around the restaurant create very high expectations. It was honestly delicious, but I'm not sure it lived up to what I was expecting.
Excellent food. Only negative is different amuse bouche and deserts were served randomly. For the amuse bouche the birthday celebrant, a huge pork belly lover, was served trout and the pork belly served to a fish lover. The desert course was the same, huge chocolate lover served panna cotta while the two others served chocolate. No need for different servings or at least ask if someone has a favorite.
We come to Craigie every chance we get. We've been for date nights, brunch with a crowd, tasting menus, and family meals. We have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is upscale, yet comfortable casual. Service is excellent, and the food is stellar.
Brunch menu is a touch pretentious but you can get just a couple of eggs and toast if you want.
Wonderful meal at Craigies on Main. Try to sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen. Watch the chef(s) in action. Incredible attention to detail. Cocktails are also top notch. This is among our favorite restaurants.
Absolutely fantastic! Chef Maws and his team are extremely creative, the flavors and presentations were great. Can’t wait to go back
We found the food to be overpriced and overrated. The menu was limited--check it out before you go. Three of us ordered fish, which was essentially served raw. In all, a real disappointment. At least we had a good table and it was a fun place to hang out with friends.
Fantastic food and service. Loved the open kitchen concept.
Excellent meal! We had the five-course tasting menu and everything was unique and delicious. The kitchen was very accommodating of my food allergy, and made substitutions as necessary. The only negative was that my date got served the regular menu which made me a little uncomfortable, but wasn't a big issue.
Craigie on Main is solid class. I am always impressed by the employees who are very welcoming from arrival to departure. That is very Simple, yes, easy, yes if you hire people who like people.
The food is of course is most important. The presentation, the layers of flavor, the freshness & quality of food are explosively good.
I think that Tony Maws & his staff really appreciate the customers & makes me satisfied on yet another level.
Everything was fantastic. Each course stood on its own and was special. Unusual foods and preparations with fabulous tastes. The wine pairing was perfect. We all had a great time. A culinary delight!
The complete dining experience from service to food and drinks was amazing. Wife was pregnant and they even adjusted the tasting menu to meet her needs. Price is not for an everyday dinner with my budget, but if you have an occasion to celebrate or someone to impress, this is your place.
Fantastic meal. One of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had.
We had a reservation for the dining area and immediately got bumped to a high top by the bar. The meal started off ok with oysters, appetizers and cocktail. But then there was a long delay before our main entrees arrives. My chicken was luke warm and as was the arctic chard. I had order a side of Brussels sprouts to have with my chicken and that arrived about 10min after our entrees. And oh it was absolutely room temp.
I could tell the kitchen was struggling because I had direct line of sight to the fiasco. Normally I might excuse this having worked in the restaurant industry for years before. But this was NOT a busy night. It was the day after Valentines Day. So why did the kitchen fall behind? Well as soon as the head chef left at around 8:45, the kitchen’s Wheelman started to get distracted by the hostess who basically ignored the front desk and stood by him for over an hour. He lost track of tickets and orders. And she just stood there in her red dress while the whole thing unraveled.
Now unfortunately timing and temperature weren’t the only issues. My chicken was bland and tough. It should fall off the bone if prepared well. Similar issues actually with my wife’s squab leg serve in her soup appetizer. And those cold Brussels sprouts which supposedly had a romesco sauce on them, well that tasted like buffalo sauce to be honest. Other than the pasta appetizer I had, the dinner was a huge swing and a big miss. I wish I was exaggerating here because this used to be one of my favorite spots.
Anyway we skipped dessert, paid the check and went to get our coats at the hostess station. We waited and waited. She was nowhere by now. So I grabbed our own coats from the hangers and left. A waitress ran over to try and help us but it was too late to cover. And for a grand finale to this circus, another waitress followed us out onto the sidewalk offering use some chocolate sauce shot. I literally laughed at her like this was a bad joke.
And to be honest it was. Wow.
We had not been at Craigie for awhile, and the food was outstanding. It was a fixed menu with some choices, all of which were very tasty, creative and well portioned. The meal was well paced and the service was attentive without being intrusive. We had a nice quite table with reasonable privacy, conducive to having a conversation.
Best restaurant in Boston...Thank you very much for a great night. Waiter was amazing and wine excellent. My wife has coeliac's and finds eating out hard ... You really understand the need to be gluten free and make it a pleasure....