Craigie on Main

4.7
3709 reviews
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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
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
63 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
15 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.

BI
New York Area
18 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.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, service was outstanding-we never waited for anything. The menu had too many good choices so it was hard to pick, which is a nice problem to have! Every course had a wonderful mix of flavors and textures that complimented each other without crowding too much in to one dish. The room handled a full crowd well in that we could still hear each other fine despite the noise. And the hostess treated us like family from the moment we walked in until we walked out. Can't recommend this place enough and will be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good dinner but not exceptional

RD
New England
60 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had some of the best food we ever tasted. Interesting combinations with lots of surprises. We plan to go back on special occasions and when we want to impress friends.

CD
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've wanted to try this restaurant for a while now after having read many outstanding reviews. My husband and I picked our anniversary to give it a try. What we liked about the restaurant were a perfect ambience and excellent service. The lighting and music were absolutely perfect. Our waiter was exceptional. Now for the food. We started with a ceviche which I thought was one of the worst I've eaten in Boston. We had fried clams which were well-prepared, but were served with a completely tasteless squid ink aioli. My husband ordered a pork confit, and it was dry, hard and salty. I ordered a flank steak, which in my opinion, was only OK. Iggy's bread, however, was exceptional as always. I was really hoping to be blown away by the evening; instead, I left feeling like it was an expensive disappointment. Needless to say, we won't be back.

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

We have been to Cragie on Main several times in the past few months and each time the service has been impeccable. We have tried everything from the tasting menu to the famous Cragie Burger- I look forward to returning!

Keep up the amazing work!!

H
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great dinning environment. Look over the chef station while dinning was a remarkable experience.

PW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing meal. The food is inspirational. My only compliant is the poor lighting detracts from the presentation of the food.

NM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific experience. Our server was fantastic and yes, the burgers were that good! I will be back!

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

Love the food,brave flavor combinations, amazing experience!

KG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive and helped with a special request.
Please note that there are only (18) of the Bar Burgers made per day so they do run out.

WJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best burger I've ever had, and the ambience, service etc are superb

f
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Disappointing compared to the time I visited four years ago. Great service and wine selection, though.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic chef-selected meal. Everything was wonderful.

F
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exquisite. Everything as described. We both had the $85 four courses. The fried oysters were the best I had ever eaten and my his and’s monkfish was excellent. Our waiter Phil was understated and fun. A real treat!

CS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Told them I had a date coming to meet me and they really took care of us. Gave us a nice table in a back corner that the hostess said some regulars always used on their date. They even brought us a free appetizer that was awesome. So I think I owe them this review for helping get me a 2nd date!

All the food was amazing. Literally everything. Go here. Eat.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Treated like royalty!

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tasting menu! Went here for our anniversary and the service was great!

FL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and service was impeccable. The kitchen staff is on point - everything was beautifully plated and to our table in an incredibly timely manner; one course was cleared and the next course was ready. The only downside was the high top table at which we were seated. It was difficult to get comfortable. However that could easily be resolved at future visits with a quick call to the hostess.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 1 night in Cambridge and were so happy to be able to dine here, it was a perfect choice to end our 2 week holiday in New England. Every member of the staff was welcoming, professional and helpful and we want to give a special thanks to Ruben who took care of us at the bar. He walked us through all the wonderful dishes and helped us make great choices. The local blue fin crudo is wonderful, as were the Essex clams that are local and seasonal. We also enjoyed two seasonal pastas and the mussels which were exceptional.

If you are in the area, this place is a must!

NG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my third time at Craigie on Main, and it always delivers. The menu has several creative and interesting choices - it's often hard for me to choose. The food consistently makes me stop mid-conversation, and thankfully the people I dine with are happy to try bites of one another's dishes. The service this time was a bit slower than I'd have liked, but they are also happy to let you sit and socialize for as long as you wish which is nice. My one knock is that every time I've tried a custard type dessert it's not as set as I'd like - the panna cotta at my last visit gave way instantly (not even a smidge of a bend as you put your spoon into it), and the bread pudding on this visit was legitimately liquid. However, the squid ink pasta with shrimp was the best thing I've eaten all year, so it's definitely a restaurant that is worth the experience / expense.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was insanely good. Going back there to try the burger

MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef's whim was spectacularly good. This is food that is complex, delicious, unusual. The service was friendly and warm. Overall a truly wonderful dining experience.

DD
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We SO enjoyed Craigie on Main! The meal was absolutely outstanding--delicious, creative and memorable! The entire experience was over-the-top wonderful! We will be back the next time we are in Boston/Cambridge area!

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top three restaurant meals I've ever had.

SD
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special restaurant.
Attention to detail, exceptional.
Burger special...........special!
Our waiter Eddie, absolutely the best.

f
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The crude of fresh fluke was paired with a buttermilk vinaigrette that enhanced the fluke. Under the pork confit was a layer of chopped turnip greens, and, maybe chunks of parsnip, though I though turnip, but a good foil for the pork and altogether an good take on a tasty dish including some tender pork sausage. If you're big and hungry these two dishes might not fill you up, but for me, small and hungry, they were a wonderful treat.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable as well as every part of our meal. It wasn't just a meal, but a positive dining experience. So glad we chose this location to dine!

JB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The fried clams were the best I've ever had.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Boston for the first time, and this place did not disappoint!

CD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dining experience. Service was perfect and all of the courses were very well crafted and delicious.

w
New England
96 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Glad we came back. Food was outstanding and service well done.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here shortly after getting engaged, and they took amazing care of us! Brought out special snacks for us, sat us at a nicer table than I requested, and were overall very attentive. Fabulous experience. Juan is outstanding.

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