Forage

4.6
604 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
​Forage is a farm to table neighborhood bistro in Cambridge right off of Harvard Square. Through partnerships with local farmers, fishermen, and foragers, ​we offer a local, seasonal menu served in a casual setting.

The bar program at Forage ​delivers classically crafted cocktails that have a focus on seasonal and locally produced ingredients. ​Forage also boasts a carefully curated and approachable collection of organic/biodynamic wines, and a selection of beer from independent and innovative breweries.

​​At the helm of Forage is owner/ general manager Stan Hilbert, chef Eric Cooper, and bar manager Joe Choiniere. The trio worked together for seven years at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain. ​
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! It was a perfect spot for dinner the weekend after Valentine's Day.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at Forage. This has become “our place” over the past couple years. Kind and knowledgeable staff, great food, comfortable surroundings. Well done all around.

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DL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a vegan (on a whole foods plant-based SOS diet). The presentation of four vegan dishes that appeared on my table was only surpassed by the delicious tastes and textures. I highly recommend Forage to anyone who wants to eat vegetables that excite the senses. Yummy.

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MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Service was fantastic. Would highly recommend

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NJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had been to Forage before and, despite a poor experience with food and service, decided to give it another try. Two years ago they had given us two gift cards to make up for a substantial delay in getting our food and serving our daughter something they had been told she was allergic to. Our main reason for going this time was to use those gift cards.
I really want to like Forage. I've enjoyed the other restaurants that have been in that space. The service this time was fine although we learned later that the waitress neglected to tell us the specials.
There wasn't anything on the menu that excited me so I ordered the tasting menu for $50 - four courses for the price of an appetizer and entree. I like to be surprised and eat nearly everything, so it seemed a good deal. Unfortunately, instead of getting the chef's more creative offerings, I ended up with the last items I would have ordered from the menu. The first course, charcuterie plate, was super boring. It consisted of tiny dried pork loin slices, a prosciutto-like pork, two pickle slices, a pile of pickled onion, whole grain mustard, quince ketchup, and crostini. The second course, mussels, were OK but nothing special; the broth was too salty to eat. The third course, roast chicken with lentils, was also just OK. (In my opinion, if you are going to serve chicken, it better be something special.) The dessert, olive oil cake, was probably the most interesting course.
My husband is a less adventurous eater. He ordered the field green salad, which we could have easily duplicated at home by simply throwing some dressing on a pile of greens. He also had the steak.
The upshot is that, for the price point, Forage fails to deliver on food. The food isn't bad but it doesn't meet my expectations for fine dining. I actually think they could turn it around; all the other elements are there except the wow factor.

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TN
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious. We shared the mushroom sausage and roasted carrots for starters which were crowd pleasers. The pappardelle with mushrooms and a lot of other goodness was excellent. The servers are well informed and attentive. If you haven’t been, GO.

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1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forage provides an incredible dining experience ! I typically visit once a month or so with my husband and I am never disappointed. The service is extraordinary and their staff is highly knowledgeable about the food and wine. I highly recommend the course menu with wine pairing!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Would rewrite parking description from stating there is 'ample' parking with 4 slots reserved in the apartment complex opposite the restaurant's front door to noting that there are *only* 4 spots. Place is ok; food was ok.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely pre-theater dinner on a Friday night. We arrived early, but Forage was happy to accommodate us. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizer (duck wings) and mains (hake and hanger steak), but what really put us over the top was the coffee pots du creme with bitter chocolate shortbread cookies. Our dinner wasn't inexpensive, but it was thoroughly delicious.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exploring the menu at Forage is always a treat. Always very creative dishes that highlight the local bounty of New England. Food is inventive and delicious, and the cocktails are fantastic.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was fine....nothing spectacular...very nice staff and wanted to like it much more than we did. Both food and atmosphere could use a boost. Compared notes with a friend who lives around the corner from the restaurant and she felt same way. Said they would go often if the experience was just a little bit better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Service was excellent. Food was good, but not great. Therefore i feel it was slightly overpriced.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVED the cozy "hidden-gem" aesthetic. Created a wonderful ambiance. The starter dishes were great, but I was a little bit underwhelmed with the main courses. I like more richness of flavor. I will say, everything was incredibly fresh and I appreciate that.

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forage is consistently one of my favorite restaurants to go to. Each time is a totally new dining experience and the staff is incredible!

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very interesting menu, though the evening we went had fewer entree choices than I remember havingon previous occasions. My main problem with the restaurant these days is the noise level. In the old days at this restaurant (under different managements) I believe there were fewer tables and so the noise level was considerably less. Though I like the feel of the restaurant's basement location, the low ceiling makes noise a problem. Perhaps some attention to an accustics solution would address the problem.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh foods prepped in original and delicious dishes. Owner was so gracious to answer questions. Loved it!

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DS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forage just keeps getting better and better - unique wines, ever-changing menu. Great value!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Forage for their “Meatless Monday” dinner and enjoyed our meals and opening appetizers. We appreciated that the kitchen could even modify items to be vegan and gluten free. The food and desserts were well made and presented. The ambient music also was a nice selection. We can see ourselves going back for other meals.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were incredible! I also love the atmosphere. Definitely want to come back ASAP!

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was very excited about going to Forage for the first time, and was VERY disappointed. The food was generally average and very bland. I had the chickpea socca, which was dry, bland and barely a mouthful. I then had the roasted squash dish, which was also bland. Very surprising for what I expected to be a wonderful meal. The other 3 people in my party all reported underwhelming bland food - both the fish/scallops dish and the hangar steak dish. But what we were unhappiest about was the wine. We chose an older bottle of wine that was mid-range price. The sommelier raved about the wine. When opened, we all thought the wine was sour and not good at all. Maybe not "corked" but not worth drinking. We agreed to order another bottle and eat the cost of the bottle . When the sommelier took the wine away, he came back and told us the wine was delicious and he would enjoy the bottle later. That was a patronizing and condescending thing to say, and I was offended that he chose to imply that we clearly did not know a decent bottle of wine. The second bottle we chose was not great either but we drank it. And at least the cost of the wine we sent back was removed from our bill. Based on our experience, I cannot recommend Forage.

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EM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was celebrating a new job, and was thrilled with my experience at Forage. It was my first time, and I loved the menu- very non-meat focused. The service was terrific: timely, informed, friendly. They brought out a special after-dinner wine on the house for my celebration. Fantastic!

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JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Boston! Always innovative, always the best quality food and wonderful wines and spirits. The staff is warm and familiar and the space cozy. We always have a wonderful, special meal when we come!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tuesday wine dinners are great! Innovative pairings match the food to a tee and the service is knowledgable and very friendly.

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm loathe to share but the Tuesday night wine dinners really are exceptional value given the quality of the food and drink. I'm consistently impressed by the balance the restaurant achieves between the food and wine.

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NT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was heading in with high expectations, and the smoked cashew soup was incredible and I was highly hopeful--however, the rest of the tasting menu slowly declined until dessert which was better. I was disappointed by the main dish of sweet potatoes, being served burned and as a meal. This was shocking after such a well developed flavor in their soup. I will love to come back, but I feel that that the creativity that is clearly there from appetizer to desert needs to come through in the main dish.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable. Tasty food, knowledgeable staff. Great value.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All wonderful food, drinks, service, and ambiance, but the main dish of roasted squash that we shared was either undercooked or a bit dried out. Was hoping for a soft, creamy roasted squash but it was tough and hard to break up even with a fork and knife. Otherwise, the food was fantastic.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drink is thoughtful and delicious. There is a nice mix of classics and adventurous elements. I had the 4-course omnivore menu and the highlights for me were the charcuterie and steak courses.

The lapsang souchong kombucha and zero-proof mint cocktail were also lovely.

Service was attentive.

I'd recommend a reservation on a Saturday night.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the delicious tasting menu with the wine parings. The food, service, and wine were all outstanding.

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New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu, delicious and surprising. Superb, attentive service as always. It’s a gem!

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Spanish Wine Dinner and it was superb.

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GT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the service. It is definitely worth repeating.

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Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food, friendly service and cozy vibe. Definitely will come back again!

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent dinner, food was tasty with interesting combinations. 2 tasty and well crafted cocktails. Excellent coffee pot du creme, with tangerine curd. Great winter restaurant- snug, low noise level for easy conversation. A little hard to find, and limited parking but great place if you are in the area, or able to walk a block or two to find street parking. Would return, service was friendly and attentive, but they forgot a dish and a few other small issues but manager was great about it.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for NYE and it was a very pleasant and cozy space to be. Although it was a very busy night the staff were very kind and personable. We enjoyed our choices (pasta papardelle with mushrooms and parmesan and steak/sausage, plus vegan appetizers) though the main dish for me, pasta, was on the salty side. Big hearty main portions and nice vega lemon dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic but food was awful and horrifically overpriced

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New England
91 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an early New Years Eve dinner here that left us stuffed and more than satisfied with the delicious variety of the offerings. The portions were enormous and delicious. Everything arrived at the perfect temperature, with the correct utensils, and appropriate accoutrements. The service was as warm and friendly as always. I also had the wine pairings, which greatly added to the tasty nature of the experience. The optional cheese course was to die for. The chocolate dessert was heavenly. Frankly, the value was unbelievably good for such a superb restaurant. Forage really made us feel like a king and a queen at a royal banquet. Go to Forage!!

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B
New England
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent unique preparations. Cozy atmosphere.

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KM
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There has always been an excellent restaurant at this location on Craigie Street. Forage continues the tradition. It always thrills me to walk down those three stairs, through the curtains and enter a world that hasn’t existed for decades. Quality service, quality atmosphere, and quality food. What can you say when everything is just what you want it to be for a nice evening.

Forage has done one thing not done before. The acoustics are fixed. Each table at Forage feels quiet and private

If there is one thing I would fix it would be to have a traditional dish for cautious eaters. When each dish is an exploration then it’s hard to bring grandpa or grandchild.

We enjoyed our meal very much.

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LA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Forage for a date night while passing through the city. They had a great wine selection, I loved the decor/design as it was very cozy, our server was very attentive and the food was delicious! My only suggestion is that for the appetizer to add a couple more slices of beets/cheese. I would definitely come back here next time I am on Cambridge even if it was just to stop at the bar to try a different wine!

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