Forage

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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TH
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal for four with excellent vegan and vegetarian options as well as meat & fish dishes.

CH
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, unique menu, in a lovely, cozy little setting.

B
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Lovely spot - impossible to park nearby, but they let you know that in advance. I was looking for a nice romantic anniversary dinner with my husband. The spot is in fact romantic, the atmosphere is lovely, the drinks are great, but the food was just disappointing. I went for the omnivore tasting menu, and my husband chose the pescavore tasting menu. Each course was rather plain, not terribly exciting, over salted and underwhelming. My personal cardinal sin of dining out - nothing tasted like something I couldn't make for myself, and might actually apologize for. Four courses of meh . . .

The service was very good, I wish I loved it. Perhaps we just were there on a bad night, but I am afraid we won't be back to check and see.

H
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service is wonderful; the food is marginal when compared to the price. Portions vary, my companion had a very generous rice bowl which was tasty but very oily while my squash entree had 3 bites of squash and 1/3 cup of risotto.

SR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new top-of-the-list restaurant for me in the Boston area. Their wine list (by the glass) was small but interesting. I didn't have a cocktail but the menu looked great. I had the duck bbq, which was one of the best duck dishes I've ever had. It was both breast meat slices and also leg meat -- perfectly cooked. The restaurants that have inhabited this location over the years have always done a good job of providing an intimate, well-designed environment and Forage is now exception. Service was friendly, attentive, and unpretentious. I loved my meal here and will definitely be back.

n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As a vegan, it is not easy to find cozy restaurants for date night, Forage is definitely top 3. We got the tasting menu, and the food was overall great. Some items were better than others (sweet potato soup was outstanding), but everything was nevertheless super fresh and tasty. The drinks were delicious! Definitely a top spot for date night from now on.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was trying too hard to be different. The basic cooking fundamentals were lost in this advant guard approach. The cocktails and wine were amazing but this alone could not redeem the lack of technique with the food. Mussles that had a strange cranberry and sage combination. The mussles alone were high quality but the sage killed it. The sunchokes were under cooked with tossed in a mushroom cacao powder that didnt add anything to the dish. With a tarragon emulsion that lacked a punch to tackle the bitter sunchoke. The haddock was over cooked and the duck chewy with dry cornbread and this pulled duck meat that tasted of sweet baby Ray's. Need to go back to the basics please.

M
New England
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely and creative food-roasted carrots and BBQ duck, cheese souffle, mascarpone & harissa.

Great drink with bitters-Saratoga.

Not cheap but worth it.

AR
New England
41 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This review is specifically about the Feb. 11, 2020 champagne pairing dinner, but this restaurant is so consistently good that it can almost be generalized. The food, as always, was outstanding, with only one miss in my opinion. The rutabaga "ham", the mushroom sausage, the peppercorn crusted pork loin, and the optional cheese souffle were all terrific. The tofu mousse and duck liver mousse "whoopie pies" were likewise terrific, but the cookies that enclosed them, while very interesting and tasty, were not a perfect flavor match. That is a very faint criticism of one course of a superb multi-course meal. The "citrus situation" dessert was incredible. The champagne pairings were fascinating and really complemented the food. So, another unimaginative review of a very imaginative restaurant.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always.

MC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to restaurant for a nice night out with the spouse. It's quiet & intimate, and the staff is always friendly and nice. The waiter overheard it was my husband's birthday and brought his dessert with a lit candle- he was tickled and I looked thoughtful. I like how the menu is seasonal and there are always very tasty meat-free options that make you think differently about eating your vegetables. You'll leave wanting to take another crack at cooking that celeriac you got in your CSA. Of course, the meat dishes are good too (I had the best chicken I've ever had at Forage.)

PH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! Thank you! I especially loved the haddock and its presentation.

LP
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forage has become a go to spot for all occasions. We love the food and the cocktails are always wonderful!

JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great value. Wine pairings were outstanding.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meatless Monday (6 vegetarian courses for $45) was one of my favorite meals in Boston and an excellent deal! I will be back to experience more creative dishes soon.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative and tasty food! Service warm and professional. An unexpected glitch came up, but Forage handled it very well, and we had a very nice night. If driving, look at parking situation ahead of time and allow some time.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list ( besides the pairings) , both menus delicious and perfect space for a nice romantic dinner.

MO
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just incredible! We LOVE Forage. The food, the staff, the environment, drinks, ALL amazing! It’s hard to figure out how they make all those delicious food and flavors on their menu! Thanks for another great experience!

J
New England
56 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all respects. Chicken and mussels were terrific

c
San Francisco
227 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. My favorite place for dinner in Cambridge and Boston.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service - the staff were so knowledgeable!

LO
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4 course tasting menu (we did vegan and vegetarian) was absolutely delicious. A cute, intimate space.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience at Forage. Our waiter was excellent, funny, responsive, willing to chat about the food and the process of creation by the chef. The food was adventurous and totally unique to anything I’ve had before (I’ve eaten at a lot of farm-to-table). 10/10

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My early evening weekday dinner with two friends was quite enjoyable. We were given personal attention and liked the unhurried pace of dining mid-week. The foraged winter options were quite interesting, and we found the sunchokes very tasty. If you like the farm-to-table dining experience, Forage should definitely be on your list of restaurants.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, creative, original, flavorful food. Definitely will return!

AC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit was just as wonderful as the first. Everything about this place is perfect and I can't recommend it highly enough.

M
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm always recommending Forage to friends and visitors. It has the most creative and delicious dishes and the best service in the Boston area.

NM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful Cambridge dining experience! Warm and cozy setting in the basement of a brick harlow apartment building. Outstanding, warm and friendly, knowledgeable staff. High quality food with unique, farm-to-table ingredients and attractive presentations. Will definitely come back!

MJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forage is an incredibly charming experience. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The food is inventive but deeply satisfying, and the wine list is such an adventure! We could not have enjoyed the night more. What a great spot!

E
New England
51 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a cozy environment. We appreciated the menu variety, especially the excellent vegetarian choices, and being able to move to a quieter section of the restaurant at the start. We also enjoyed being able to linger at our table rather than rushing out after dessert.

AB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent meals, excellent service. the attention to vegan customers is really appreciated, and that attention comes without fuss or bother. very interesting and unusual wines, very well paired.

MS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love forage.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I heard great things about Forage. I had the vegetarian tasting menu. Salty, odd flavors. And it was expensive too.

OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around fantastic! Great food. Superb wine pairings. Really great from start to finish.

m
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful new year’s eve prix fixe meal. Superb and extremely well informed staff and super food.

C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wine, delightful and inventive. Very attentive service. Went on New Year's Eve, and despite the restaurant being utterly full, the noise levels were completely reasonable and conversation was possible. There was a prix fixe menu for the holiday which had great choices. We'll definitely be back.

AB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Forage and both dinners have been fantastic. They have beautifully presented, thoughtfully sourced, and truly original new dishes each time we come. I have a fairly restrictive diet including being vegan and they are more than accommodating - they celebrate having specific needs. The service is also outstanding and we went through no fewer (and maybe more) than 5 changes of silverware and plates over the course of the evening. Highly recommend!

F
New England
52 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food is pretty good but service is unbelievably slow -- it took us nearly four hours to have a four-course meal plus cheese course. Also, the value for the normal menu is great ($55 for a four-course omnivore or pescavore meal, $45 for vegetarian or vegan), but the optional cheese course is stupidly overpriced ($10 for a barely-composed "plate" with some nuts and dried fruit, bread, and (I am not exaggerating) a half-ounce piece of cheddar cheese. I could not believe I was being served something so ridiculous as a "cheese course".

The best dish, hands-down, was the sunchokes, which were amazingly good and we could easily have eaten a giant bowl full. Everything else was just OK.

AL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The hidden entrance on the side of a building in Cambridge, Forage was surprisingly elegant, perfect for an intimate meal. I had the pleasure to celebrate my friends' birthday and we tried the vegetarian tasting menu (vegan tasting menu was also an option), 4 courses for 45 dollars per person. The plates were pleasantly presented, decent sizes, but the taste was good but personally not my preference. I would definitely go again.

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