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Forage is a neighborhood bistro in Cambridge right off of Harvard Square. Through partnerships with local farmers, fishermen, and foragers, we offer a local, seasonal ingredient-driven 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 white, red, and sparkling 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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
Forage patrons may park in one of the first four spaces in the lot -- look for the Forage sign. Please don't park anywhere else in the Craigie Circle lot -- you will be towed.
Other Options: Parker street-off Buckingham- park there after 4pm
Or in front of the Armenian Church at intersection of Craigie & Brattle.
Sundays - park anywhere on street.
Take the Red Line to Harvard Square and exit via Church Street. Take a right and proceed up Garden St toward the Sheraton Commander Hotel. Continue on Garden St toward the lights after the hotel. Bear left at the lights and continue on to Concord Ave. Take a left at the next set of lights on Craigie St; we are on the right side of the street.
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
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We can accommodate parties up to 49 people, though we do require the restaurant be rented for the evening. For parties up to 25, we can rent the private back dining room. We have several menu options and are equipped to handle casual events as well as more formal seated dinners.
Forage Ratings and Reviews
I have been to this restaurant several times, over a period of three years. My initial visit was excellent, this last return visit was disappointing. The music in the restaurant was , I think , more about appealing to the staff than the customers. Rap music is not pleasant dining music. The food was good, but not great. For an example, the seafood stew was mostly one potato, quartered, with three pieces of fish. The broth was very good. Other dishes that we ordered were similarly mediocre. I will commend the wait staff for their positive vibe. They took effort to ask if we needed anything. So, we have have fond memories of Forage, but we will not be returning.
Our meal at Forage did not live up to our expectations. The food was bland, and the descriptions and presentations pretentious. The service was good, but almost too attentive. Personally, I don't need my water glass refilled every five minutes, and the frequency felt like more of a disruption than a help.
We came on the wrong day and the staff was very accommodating and fit us in. We were told that the restaurant had vegan and vegetarian options but they were very limited. I give the restaurant a lot of credit for using local food but none of the three of us who were in our party liked our food. Mine was a stuffed squash which was tasteless and baked beans which were dry. Also an apple fritter which was completely hard inside the fritter batter.
We would not go there again.
We discovered this wonderful little restaurant upon hearing of its unique farm-to-table, woods-to-table, fields-to-table, ocean & sky-to-table approach. Chef Eric Cooper is a creative master. Every plate is a delight. Be sure to save room for dessert, particularly the White Pine ice cream.
(I kid you not: It is delicious!)
Great service. The food was consistently imaginative, but in terms of taste, it was a little hit or miss. Some was delicious, right temperature, lovely presentation. Other dishes were, frankly, bland and lukewarm when they should have been hot or cold. I appreciate the commitment to using seasonal local foods, though. After taking back one drink which was way sweeter than had been described, the wait staff very graciously supplied me with another so memorably good that I would return just for it. I'd give Forage another try for the food, too. My husband, however, was not so impressed. We came for his birthday and he had the vegan tasting menu, some of which disappointed him.
This location has had many iterations and each one has been delightful. Now comes Forage taking in the eclectic space on a side street in Cambridge. The menu was very different, the food worth the price, and the service absolutely excellent. The best is that you can have a real conversation!
Excellent food serve by very pleasant staff. My only regret is that the menu is a bit heavy on shellfish. I would have enjoyed other options. However, the pasta dish was very good and everyone else liked his and her selections. They were particularly accommodating to reduce the sound level of the background music which we found to uncomfortably loud.
Menu changes seasonally and features locally sourced and creatively assembled dishes. Varied wine and beer list is excellent and the cocktails are varied and as carefully crafted as the menu items. Service at Forage is excellent and attentive and the staff serves the food and drinks with strong sense of pride in this cozy Cambridge gem.
The ambiance was lovely, as was the service. There was an impressive wine list, and the rose that our server helped me chose was wonderful. (Loved that they served half glasses of wine, too, since one glass wasn't quite enough, but two was too much to allow me to drive home.) The mussels were magical. Great bread - always an important indicator of a good restaurant. Enjoyed it and will return!
The main thing we were seeking was a quiet place to have a conversation and it met that test well. No noise problems. The chef appears to be trying to get attention by combining oddly matched foods. This isn't necessarily good or bad-- for example, roasted flattened radishes were a nice discovery and I think the same for roasted watermelon puree. But it's a bit pretentious, and there were so many ingredients listed for one dish, that I was skeptical that any flavor would prevail and make the dish tasty. Mostly I was wrong, the dishes were fine. I usually find only one or two items on a menu that make me ask "what is that?" This one had more than that. But I wish them good luck... it's a great secret location near Harvard Square but out of the bustle.
Our foursome enjoyed Forage. Cocktails, wine, and beer were all delicious. For appetizers we enjoyed crab salad and the charcuterie. Both we good, though it seemed the pate needed more seasoning. Bluefish and scallops were succulent, as was the chicken entree. Apple crisp with salted caramel ice cream was scrumptious. Be careful when you bite into the pre-app pickles. They pack quite a wallop! The various pickles accompanying the charcuterie had much more subtlety. Service was attentive and good. All in all, excellent cuisine in a casual setting.
Amazing food, great service. Very knowledgable staff.
The wine tasting option to accompany the taster menu is excellent value.
I had mussels in the taster menu which were superbly cooked, and a huge portion for a taster menu.
The olive oil cake with rice sorbet and wild rice and wild grapes desert is worth the trip on its own! And to think most of this is organic, local, fresh produce with many vegan options, this is a great place. Dinner for two was <$150. Would I go again? Absolutely.
I really wanted to love this place because I loved the former occupant of this space so much. But the food was just weird--and I'm an adventurous eater. The steak frites was served with 4 roasted potatoes, mushroom ketchup, broccoli and kale. A far cry from the classic French [aioli!] and not a success. Sometimes classics are classics for a reason, and if you are going to change them, you have to be perfect at it.
Not even close to Ten Tables which occupied this space previously. Bluefish plate was prepared well but for such an inexpensive fish i was expecting more than a 5 inch piece and the 2 scallops were the size of a quarter Served on spaetzle which was tasty but barely a half cup. My partners vegetarean meal was fair but its theme could be found with greater success at most nearby Indian restaurants. Wine selections excellent and service excellent.
We did the Tuesday wine series (Tuscany), the food and wine pairings were wonderful. They were flexible in mixing up the menu for me as I don't eat meat but do eat fish. They served me the fish course and kept the rest vegetarian. The roasted mushroom ragout with polenta was a standout. The wines were lovely as well and explained by the waitress in great detail. Overall a great, leisurely meal!
For our current visit food was ok, too repetitive with the produce from the farm. Peaches and mushrooms. 2 pieces of chili with cashew sauce or few french fries with mushroom ketchup(1.5 ounce of sauce) should not be called as 2 different courses. Overall first four courses quantity was quite small. May be they were busy, so trying to stretch the ready kept items in the kitchen?
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