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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.
Cambridge, MA 02139
French, Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
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.
Main St. and Mass. Ave
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
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
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!
Craigie on Main Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
I was really excited to try this place out but it was the most expensive meal I've had in a long time and was just decent. The cocktails were fantastic but $14 each, so they probably should be. The entrees were $35 and severely overpriced based on portion size and quality. The meal wasn't bad by any means, but I've had way better for way less expensive. The service was very good and I'd go back for cocktails and apps, but I was underwhelmed by all 3 entrees we had at the table.
have heard about this place for years and when it came time for a special occasion we were not disappointed. A special table was marked especially for us and it could not have been better. Wine and food were both superb - servers all worked together and were excellent.
We had a group of seven assembled to hold some serious conversations. The creative cuisine at Craigie was a draw for the invitees. The wine list allowed us to enjoy ourselves without breaking our wallet. The staff was very attentive without being intrusive. We all enjoyed our meal and the evening.
I had the octopus appetizer which was superb and the three kinds of pork. Each dish others had was a success. While the menu implies a strict Prix fixe they were fair in adding up what we actually ate. We got the attention we wanted and the evening was a success.
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