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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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4.6

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4.6

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4.5

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4.0

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

This was my second visit and the dinner was fantastic. Great server as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent, warm service
We sat at the bar for brunch and enjoyed watching the kitchen staff in action. Great food, well presented, staff easy to talk to and super friendly.
Only suggestion for improvement is an expansion of the brunch food and drink menu with more selections

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

way too expensive, menu is way too limited, inflexible about substituting sides for fries on the hamburger == for what they are charging it's the least they could do --- very noisy

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I haven’t eaten that well in The Boston area for a very long time! Great cocktail choices (fab gin!), honest, seasonal tasty food, and charming service. What else do you need?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I had a good time at Craigie. The restaurant was nice, albeit on the small side, but seating was comfortable. Good on ambiance, but noise level is a bit high for my liking. Service was excellent. With reservations, we did not wait at all for a table on a Fri night. Food was very good overall. We had the octopus and oyster starters, both good. The hake main course was excellent as well. That said, the great food does not justify the high prices. I expected more tbh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent mix of creativity, presentation, taste and interesting wine selections.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We did the 7 course tasting menu. All the food and drink were excellent. Phil was the best waiter - fun, informative, knowledgeable about all the food and good wine to go with the meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wanted to try something new and different and outside of Boston for a change....and what a gem...great unique and delicious menu...amazing cocktails and fabulous wine. The service was excellent. Will recommend!!! We had the suckling pig and was it good!~

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My favorite place to eat and it's worth the cost. Restaurant has a great warm feel, noise is at a healthy level, music (seemed like a lot of Miles Davis the night we just went to) is at just the right volume and the food is just great. You always felt like you ate something special. Staff is friendly and really helpful.

A few quibbles:
-Most recent appetizer list is pretty limited and i wish they'd bring back the pig tails
-I think the wine list outsmarts itself and is more difficult than it needs to be. It took us a little effort to get where we wanted to go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went for a date, the food was amazing and the menu had loads of variety. Aside from the noise level, it was an amazing experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday and ended up sitting at the bar so that he could get the burger. So I think the fact that I put in our reservation that it was his birthday got lost, but he was more than ok with that since he was so happy to have gotten the infamous burger. The food was outstanding!! We've always loved octopus so we got that as an appetizer and it was cooked perfectly. The service was great as well; Ben the bartender was phenomenal and really helped make our experience enjoyable. We will be going back, and highly recommend it here

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had the five course taster and it was fantastic!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The burger was as good as advertised, and a ton of fun!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved it. Great service.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We tried the tasting menu. The upside? They were very flexible with my companion’s food preferences. The downside? The plates ranged from ok (dessert) to great (lamb) but were not as artfully arranged as I have seen. Also, the side sauces seemed a bit weak and did not enhance the main ingredient on the plate. I noticed many people were ordering burgers so that’s what I will try next time I go.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We are desperately seeking quiet venues where we don't have to shout at each other. Designs with open and busy kitchens are not good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch, didn't seem like any of the staff really wanted to be there, service was lax and unattentive. Very pricey for dishes with only one egg, overall very disappointing especially considering the years of accolades.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall we loved Craigie. The food was amazing and the service was even better. The cocktails are as good as any I've had anywhere and the bartender was great. he ran his bar with friendly efficiency, personality and some great creativity and advice.

My one complaint was the wine list. It was limited, which I appreciate actually. A chef knows what works well with their food and there is no reason to have 100 wines. That said, the average price for a bottle was over $100 and that's just silly. There are amazing wines at more affordable rates and so I ended up feeling taken advantage of. The couple at the next table commented on it as well and I think this is a real weak point in their menu, service and overall appeal. It is just way out of balance.

Craigie is not an inexpensive experience, and to double down on the wine would keep me from going there more often.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

They charge $5 for a small glass of iced tea and then another $5 when they brought me one refill. That's insane. Just get wine instead. The food was really good and they were able to accommodate my allergies reasonably well.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

So glad Sunday brunch is back at Craigie. Grits are wonderful. But the bloody Mary is special, with a caraway flavor. Next time, I'll try the avocado toast.

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 (London)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great oysters, pork, pasta, swordfish, chicken. Attentive but not obnoxious service.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Absolutely loved it! We came to try the "best burger in the world" and it DEFINITELY WAS! Food was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Craigie on Main has it all, creative, delicious food and top notch service. The employees at Craigie work like a well oiled machine and everyone who tends to you during your visit is the best at what they do.

My husband and I visited to celebrate my birthday and we both had the Chef's 5 course tasting menu. There was a little bit of everything, fish, veggies, meat, pasta, and everything from first nibble to the dessert at the end was perfection. Such a wonderful experience!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic meal at Craigie on Main! The service was fantastic from start to finish, attentive and charming staff. We had the 5-course tasting menu and the staff were extremely conscientious about giving me a pregnancy-friendly menu and my husband a vegetarian one. Every dish was carefully prepared, beautiful, and delicious. We felt it was a truly special meal for a reasonable price. We wouldn't hesitate to come back to celebrate an occasion or just enjoy a special night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

It was for my boyfriends birthday and I had put that in the reservation. All staff we came in contact with wished Brian a happy birthday. They gave us a card from the owner and at the end brought us out a complimentary glass of processco each to go with the most delicious dessert we ordered. The burger was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend it! Additionally our waiter was great. He had the bartender make me a drink with whiskey in it as he didn't think I'd like what was on the menu. Will definitely return again! I really want to try the regular menu next time :-) thank you again for a wonderful experience

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I've been to Craigie on Main several times. The food has always been stellar (just like the service.) This time, we sat at the bar and I ordered a vegetarian option (a silly choice, according to my husband, as I am NOT a vegetarian - it just sounded good. ) It wasn't. Other than that, the service was amiable but not exceptional. I was a little disappointed by the whole thing. I think I will wait a while before coming back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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