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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate this special evening with our Valentine's Day prix fixe menu! We are offering a $135 5-course tasting menu, and for late-night celebrators we will serve an abbreviated $75 4-course tasting menu, both with optional wine pairings. Details will be released as we approach the celebratory day!

Craigie on Main Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Seasonal (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (11)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
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Hot Spot (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

I hadn’t been to Craigie in years, but I think it’ll be a place I’ll frequent going forward. Our dinner at the bar was perfect. Service and food were outstanding. They handled my food allergies (annoying for all involved) gracefully. The bar program is great, and the wine, beer, and spirits lists are well-curated. The burger lived up to the hype.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Staff was very accommodating to me being a gluten-free diner. However, selection was lacking. There were no GF breads or toasts, which meant I couldn't order the bone marrow unless I ate it plain off a spoon. That was disappointing for a Cambridge restaurant. I was brought a dish of olives in place of their bread.

Drinks were outstanding, I got a Moscow mule with their homemade spicy ginger beer and recommend it highly. Staff brought out a birthday candle with my husband's entree, which was perfect (we were getting dessert elsewhere).

I got the arctic char which served brussel sprouts in a way I haven't seen before, which is rare these days. Husband got pork three ways, which he really enjoyed. The lentil soup we got to start was too salty so I can't recommend that.

Overall this place was fine, but I likely won't go back. I prefer Henrietta's Table for a solid farm-to-table experience at a lower price point.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We came to the restaurant based on high reviews, but the restaurant did not live up to the reputation. Maybe it was just a bad night. We were lucky(?) to get a burger, but the seasoning wasn’t particularly special and the bun completely dissolved after the first bite. It became more of a burger soup from that point on. My friend ordered the Arctic char which was small and a bit over cooked. The fried clams appetizer was the high point of the meal. The service was good, but the cook screaming and berating the staff in the open kitchen made some in our group uncomfortable.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were celebrating a 50th birthday, and the only gift our friend wanted was a 7 course dinner with his closest friends at Craigie. How could we say no to that request. Everything about the evening was just fabulous, both the food and service exceeded our expectations. the 7 course with wine and cocktails is not cheap - but it's really special. I'd highly recommend!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food and service is very good. The panna cotta desert we had was out of this world amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very cold room, cold pastry and dessert, cold service. A poor experience overall.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It's a New Year's Day tradition for our family to attend the Lucky Brunch. We've been going on 4 years strong, and it never disappoints!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The staff were wonderful and the 6 course NYE meal was well organized. That being said, the food left something to be desired considering what we paid for the meal.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love this place and have been a number of times. Typically it is fantastic. This time, our entrées were tasty but unfortunately they were not hot.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Superb dinner; French cuisine mixed with modern American flavours; sauces with complex flavours of spices that matched very well with salmon, pasta and squab; squab was very tender and flavourful without gamey after taste; the only drawback was desert and we thought it was overkill.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We are à French family visiting our daughter living in Boston. We were looking for a good restaurant and we found it! Excellent food and service. A - for us - typical American atmosphere with a mix of classical style and a pretty relax American environment. The restaurant combines two différents spaces: the restaurant itself and a bar in a separate room. The meals are both inspired by French tradition and American taste. The service seems friendly but is actually very professional and attentive. Good wines as well (excellent Pouilly Fussé at a very low price).
We warmly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were three on a very cold Thursday night, and the restaurant was about two thirds full when we arrived for our reservation. Our appetizers were only a bit slow in coming, but then we sat and sat and sat. After at least another 45 minutes, with the restaurant almost empty by then, our main courses arrived. The servers didn't seem particularly concerned (or surprised!) in the meantime and were mostly focused on pouring what was left of our wine. We've been to Craigie a number of times before and were happy enough to return after a fairly long hiatus, but this was it. Never again.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service. Heat was broken so we were cold (it was 5' outside and 55' inside) and the space heater was not cutting it. Food was delicious but also cold. We would like to come back in the summer and give it another try.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was excruciatingly slow, though pleasant. We waited well over 1.5 hours for our entree. Our waiter was a nice guy and offered to top off our wine but nothing was removed from the bill and a manager never came over. You really need to ask me how I’m doing when you flub like this—

Overall an unsatisfying spend of ~300 bucks. Not a romantic place (too loud, dining room is a little cheap/tacky feeling like this place was something decidedly not upscale in a past life), poor execution , food was good but not great. I’ve had better at comparably priced places here in Boston and elsewhere.

#fail. Will not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food! We had the 7-course experience and really enjoyed it. The only downside was the waiting time between each course was quite long.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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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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·Dined on December 17, 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 16, 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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·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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·Dined on December 14, 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 13, 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 11, 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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 (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 6, 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 4, 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 3, 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 30, 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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·Dined on November 29, 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 27, 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 26, 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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