Forage

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814 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
​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. ​

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come join us for a special $79-3 course menu on NYE. Please note we are not offering regular menu on New Years Eve. Call us for more details.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had eaten at Forage last summer and had a very mixed, if not unsatisfactory experience. My return was due to a gracious invite from the owner to come back and try it again. I'm glad I did, because this time I had an outstanding meal and service. A friend and I had the price fixed meal for two, which was more food than we could eat, and a nice variety of sides and extras. The wait staff was pleasant without being obtrusive. The atmosphere is small and cozy--perfect for a winter evening. All and all, a big thumb's up.

DT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant, super knowledgeable and friendly staff, amazing food, every bite. Highly recommend.

SO
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the use of foraged foods cooked to perfection!

JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forage is, hands down, my favorite restaurant! It is not just a restaurant but an unbelievable dining experience - delicious food (for all types, vegan included) and warm, knowledgeable people serving the food and pouring the wine. It is a very special place. Thank you.

OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had two wines that were outstanding. A red "Forage Blend" and a Rhone. Those two are worth returning for.

k
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent upscale low key restaurant with a short menu. Very accommodating to our interest in the wine selection process. Excellent service during the snowstorm with a parking space available for us!

MP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was four of us we got the meals it was incredible.

MD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been to Forage several times, and it's always a wonderful experience. The food is inventive and imaginative, much of it locally sourced, preparations always intriguing without being absurdly fussy. Service is excellent--one of the best restaurants in Cambridge.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First of all the help was very pleasant and knowledgeable. This, in particular was worth noting. The food was very good, especially the roasted beets and purple sticky rice that came with the chicken. Very unusual flavors and good combinations. The wine recommendation was very good and the cocktail, odd in its description was interesting in a positive way.

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks. Will definitely go again!

m
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love going to Forage and letting the chef "take care of us"... just trust that what we are treated to will be delicious and wonderful. The Tuesday night tasting menus with wine pairings are very creative and well designed. We also love the cozy sub-terrain warmth of the restaurant. It is perfect for a cold-winter, romantic date night.

AC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding including the service. We did the vegan and vegetarian tasting menu and every single dish was amazing. Even the bread to start was delicious. Drinks are unique and delicious. I can’t recommend this place enough. Definitely come with lots of time if you plan to do a tasting menu as it is 6 courses with breaks in between. Simply amazing.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a phenomenal experience! The staff is friendly and welcoming, the food is incredible, and the atmosphere is romantic and cozy. My boyfriend and I went on one of our first dates here and we always make it a point to go back when we’re in town! Forage is a very special place for us and we know it will be for all those who chose to dine here :)

V
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Forage was overall great! We went on a busy night, and service was pretty slow (but quite friendly). Otherwise, the food was generally interesting, thoughtful, and delicious.

CH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The apple dinner presented an interestingly conceived dinner with unusual and unexpected pairings. We especially enjoyed the smoked Northern Spy as an indicator of surprises to come. The pause between courses gave us some time to exchange thoughts about our food, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

DA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent, high quality, inventive with impeccable service. Always a great experience.

h
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly enjoyable dining experience. We were last at this address under the previous incarnation. Forage is preferred as less pretentious. The decor is wonderfully calm, relaxing and the bread is excellent. The music is at the right volume for background if you need it, but not when you want to talk. Creative food, modest (minimally wasteful) portions and an excellent wine list. We'll be back.

P
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

AL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good, just way overpriced for our party's opinion. Cocktails were decent as well.

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forage is just as you would expect. Forest to table food and excellent mixed drinks with exotic super local ingredients. Excellent.

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, I was treated royally by Stan (the owner) and the amazing staff. They are attentive, engaging, and entirely knowledgeable about the food and the wine. The food never disappoints and is always amazing.

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible farm-to-table fare. And Stan's knowledge of small wine producers adds so much to the enjoyment of the wine and the food.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal, great fresh farm/table food and charming engaged service!

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent daily menu of locally sourced fare. Excellent service and atmosphere.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Long wait for mediocre food.

SM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was off; long wait for first course; when that finally arrived, a omnivore one was delivered instead of a vegetarian (for the wine tasting, set dinner, which two of us had ordered). Had to wait about an hour, total, although the wine "pairing" was delivered first, by a min. of 15 mins. for each course. Not exactly a pairing. Couple at table next to us left after drinks and waiting about 1/2 hr for first course; they discussed leaving with waiter who responded that he'd prioritize getting their dish out and abruptly left. They decided to leave. Our 7:00 PM reservation ended around 10:00, which was about an hour longer than a leisurely visit should have entailed. Food was very good with exception of first appetizer dish of turnips, which were under cooked. Wine pairings were excellent, other than the delivery.

RP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always creative, delicious AND wholesome. I am gluten sensitive and my daughter has a dairy allergy, but that is never a problem for the forage staff. I enjoy learning about the menu items and the wines from the staff who are always friendly and interesting.

AR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Cosy spot especially for a cool evening. Will return for a wine dinner.

DG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forage is an absolute delight - located in the basement of a residential building off a quiet street in Cambridge, the entry way had a speakeasy flair to it (complete with velvet curtain separating the small coat area from the dining room/bar). Forage was very gracious and accommodating to our party of five which included two vegetarians, a diner with celiac disease, and several omnivores. Everyone in our group had plenty of delicious options to chose from (including a fantastic chickpea socca) and left full and happy.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely space, intimate, and fun. Food was very good. Service was slow, but in a nice way - we did not feel rushed.

RF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently visited Forage on a Saturday night. The food was outstanding. We were impressed by the taste of simple ingredients. I would recommend Forage to anyone looking for a tasty meal. The staff was attentive but not pushy. We had a great time.

c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great options for carnivores and gluten-free vegans! Great server and an all-around great dining experience!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great staff.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The portions are too big and a bit underseasoned.

T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Best combination for a vegan and a meat eater we have ever been to.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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MS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ambiance was nice and quiet, and the owner was very courteous.

WR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our guests was a local farmer and she said she found the restaurant to be a "very interesting" venture. Food was delicious and unusual, with refinements of flavor one expects from best restaurants.

JW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Forage is consistently one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

C
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and despite staying well past closing there was no pressure on us to leave.

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