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Fri, 2/23
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Craigie on Main

3325 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 497-5511
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Maws
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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
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Private party contact (617) 497-5511
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Cross street
Main St. and Mass. Ave
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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.
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Public transit
Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
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Special events & promotions
Visit our website for information about upcoming events!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3325 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

vipLowCarber (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic meal. One of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had.

vipErnest (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

vipHemul (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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....

Steve (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Fantastic food, service, but VERY expensive. The atmosphere is also very nice.

pizzafreak (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great as always.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great brunch, friendly attentive service.....Craigie lived up to my daughter's recommendation.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Had the tasting menu. Well balanced, great dishes. Great service. A little noisy for a date.

vipJojo (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was outstanding, waitress very helpful and chef delightful

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

1.A potentially serious French foodie joint that can fail (badly) when the kitchen falls behind.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Outstanding service, and equally incredible meal. Great, inventive cocktails. Do yourself a favor and order the burger, which in not on the menu and of which there are only a limited amount every night. But also don’t hesitate to order the Fried Smelts, which are lightly decadent. The Brussel Sprouts in duck fat are righteous, as are the surprisingly well executed grits. And the bone marrow is sublime.