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About Forage

​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. ​

5 Craigie Circle
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Concord Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 576-5444

Website:
http://www.foragecambridge.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Eric Cooper

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
http://foragecambridge.com/assets/pdf/EventMenu.pdf

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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (29)
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Quiet Conversation (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
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Healthy (19)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
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Worth the Drive (9)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food tastes like real food, it was simple but it was really tasty. Even after one week past, I still think of the taste of food. I enjoyed the restaurant (very courteous).

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I will visit every time I come to town, the food was a delight and the marriage of the wines presented with the 4 course meal truly was extraordinary! A Brilliant, innovative and satisfying meal. I look forward to returning.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Tasting menu was great

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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Food was creative, fresh, and delicious. Would return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our time at Forage. We each did the four course tasting menu and it was the perfect amount of food. Our server was super knowledgeable and helpful. We would definitely go back!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This little place is off he beaten track, yet a short walk from Harvard Square. Lovely, creative meals with local and often wild ingredients, inventively paired and beautifully presented without being fussy. The staff are friendly down to earth people presenting their wares with pleasure and well deserved pride. Quieter than most places we have been, too!

Tags: Vegan, Organic, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Didn't enjoy the pollock fish dish despite its eco friendliness. Otherwise food was really good!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This is a hole in the wall, partial basement, cozy place where we had 2 unique vegetarian dishes that were excellent. Menu limited.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

This will be an odd review.

My spouse and I arrived at Forage's door to find the staff and a couple of other guests standing outside. A squall/thunderstorm had just passed through the area and downed lots of tree branches, of which one had taken out the power on a nearby street, leaving the neighborhood dark.

Fortunately, it being summertime, there was still plenty of natural light outside. Initial calls to the power company indicated that all should be fixed in about an hour, so, having no pressing engagement in the evening, we decided to stick it out. Within a few minutes, staff had disappeared into the darkened building, and reappeared with a couple of chairs and two glasses of bubbly to ease our wait.

A few other guests wandered up while we were there, some deciding to try for another spot and some waiting like us (including with chairs and free bubbly or water). Meanwhile, a staff member shuttled back and forth to the work site to monitor progress of the repair crews.

The power outage affected their online reservation system, but they did have phone numbers for all the reservations. All guests were called (by cell phone I suppose) as soon as the outage hit, though many only received a voicemail.

After nearly an hour had passed, the power company admitted that the wait would actually be at least another hour, so, with regret, we decided to bail and find another spot. As we were leaving, the chef ducked inside and returned with a goody bag holding a few of the planned treats for the evening's menu ( a wine tasting event).

We promised we would return in the future. Note that no money changed hands for any of this; we felt blessed.

The following night we built a meal at home around the goodies from Forage - they were scrumptious, potted chicken and mushrooms.

Certainly Forage made the best of a terrible situation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants when I am in Cambridge. Now it is more than just a great place for dinner after accepting a marriage proposal during our June visit. Thank you for the champagne and making it a night to remember!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Great experience at Forage. We got WAY too much food, but they made for great leftovers!

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Really creative menu, fantastic cocktails, great staff. A bit of a splurge but definitely worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Enjoyed our thirteenth anniversary of legal wedding here. Enjoyed everything from the Amuse to dessert. We did the 4 course prix fixe because it was so reasonably priced and my wife and I agreed that there was nothing on the menu that we didn't want to eat! We had one vegetarian entre and the brined chicken...delicious and we enjoyed the "foraged" accents: fiddleheads and ramps and "edible weeds". Very tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a fantastic time here. Second time I have been and both times were excellent. The service is very personalized, friendly with a knowledgeable staff (for both food & bar). Great farm to table offering and good cocktail list. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Original, delicious, fun. Great imagination on the part of the chef, great service. VERY special!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The first problem was the smell as you enter the restaurant. It may be from pickling done on the premises, but it is off-putting. The second problem was that we did not really like the food. The farm to table concept is great, but the pickles were nothing one couldn't do easily at home; and the food was prepared with as much subtlety as what a busy household cook would do with a bunch of leftovers. Pasta was overdone (possibly pre-cooked)? Food was either over- or under- spiced in a curiously haphazard way. Maybe the chef did not show up that day? But if this is the norm, then do not go to this place if you are expecting well thought out, carefully crafted, deliciously flavored dishes making the best use of fresh ingredients.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We have been to Forage twice. Each time we really wanted to like it. The second time was for a fixed price, wine pairing event. The cocktails are fantastic - the bartender knows his stuff. The service is also great. The food was uneven. The combinations are adventurous but rather than being inspired, often just felt odd.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

I am a regular customer. this time my food was very salty. not good.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We had a delicious dinner in a cozy setting at Forage. With freshly sourced ingredients we didn't know what we would find on the menu on the night of our reservation but the flavor combinations were innovative and tasty. I enjoyed a handcrafted cocktail from the creative menu. Service was personal, and the perfect mix of attentive but not overbearing. I would definitely recommend this as a fun and enjoyable dining experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Outstanding meal. Chef is extremely creative and lived up to expectations. Had the fish entree as did others at the table. All felt that it was prepared and served so well that it would make one return to enjoy it again. Desert was more than a compliment to the meal. All made in house and done very well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food is always imaginative, delicious and the vegetarian options are terrific. Cocktails are super and there are some special wine choices you don't want to miss. Wait staff is friendly and attentive but professional too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Overall we enjoyed the food immensely, even though there were many things we had not tried before we gave them a try. Service was excellent because waitstaff were available but not obtrusive. All our questions were answered with confidence and no condescension. Dessert (we tried 4 of the 5) was outstanding and wine was not overpriced

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Very limited menu. Food was okay but the prices were high compared to the quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

the food was unusual and excellent . The service was also excellent

Tags: Vegan, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Forage was good- but not great. It was hard to tell what they were all about.. nothing on the menu jumped out on the page or in taste. We had the steak frites and trout pasta. The service was really good. Our waitress with the blonde hair was super friendly. I don't really have anything bad to say about this place but it isn't super memorable. They also should amp up the interior .. very bland

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Went for early Mother's day with family. Food certainly did not meet expectations relative to price. Two had mackerel - it was dry. One had steak frites - seemed the potatoes were frozen based on mealy texture. One had pasta dish which was quite nice.
Service was very intrusive. Waitress twice inserted herself in our discussion. Never ever had that happen before at restaurants at this price point. Overall, disappointing, will not be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Our dinner at Forage was one the best meals we have had in Boston; and in the US. The quality of the mussels, the beef, and all other dishes we tried was exceptional. When coupled with the wine selection, courteous and non-pretentious service, and the skills of the chef, our evening at Forage was perhaps the most memorable dining experience in several years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Highly recommend! The place was great and well worth the trip.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Healthy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Forage is a gem a little off the beaten path between Harvard Sq and Porter Sq. We've been two times and were thrilled with the food, service, and decor both times. Stan, owner / manager / jack of all trades, is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about food and wine. The first time we got the tasting menu and wine pairing. The food was fantastic and learning about each wine and how it pairs with the food really adds to the experience. This week we went with friends for the Mad River Cocktail party and mezze. We started with cocktails which were a tasty mix between classic and house designed drinks. We started with the mezze and the duck definitely stole the show for me. We then settle into dinner (Mushroom Mole, Safron pasta w/ smoked trout and steak frites) and wine before calling the night to an end. Definitely a place we will continue to return to.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Always wonderful service and do not miss the drinks! Inventive and best to just let the bartender get creative! Food always marvelous

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great for quiet conversation and long dining. Owner/waiter super enthusiastic about wine and interesting food choices. Very accomodating when they ran out of one selection. Food is earthy and wholesome, and location is tucked away.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Simplicity in decor, but thoughtful and complex cuisine. A perfect venue for meeting up with our two adult children in Cambridge. We went early on a Sunday night, so it was quieter than usual perhaps. The wait staff was engaging and fully informed, with just the right amount of attentiveness. Each dish we ordered exceeded our expectations--fish, mushroom ragout, and wild boar chop. As a vegetarian, I was very happy to see multiple interesting options as appetizers and an excellent main course offering as well. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The service was probably the best I have ever received. People were attentive, but not in the way. The restaurant clearly cares about their food, the presentation and their clients happiness!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The staff was very accommodating, letting us share an appetizer and main course, and later the dessert. This is how we like to do it and they did not disappoint. The main course was beautifully done beef with nice sides, but the terrine appetizer was not as hoped. It was not spreadable but hard and not very flavorful. The semifreddo was a perfect conclusion. The option of flowers on the table worked extremely well. I felt it was a bit pricey but would go again.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Excellent food and service. Only difficulty is with acoustics; sounds are amplified and it is difficult to have a conversation.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Wonderful local dining spot.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

A local gem on an out-of-the-way street about 10 minutes from Harvard Sq station. Not in a location for foot traffic. But people are coming --- for really, really good food that uses local ingredients. I've gone quite a few times and am always treated like an honored guest. Little between course or upon arrival bits to taste, even some champagne once when a large party in the back room was celebrating.... Each friend and relative I went with loved the food, service and overall experience. Now my husband takes "everyone" there.

It is not an extensive menu but there are always things for vegans, veggies, carnivores, etc. and the kitchen works with the customer to adapt the dishes according to particular tastes, needs.

The bartender knows his stuff -- and his wine recommendations have been superb.

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This was an amazing dinner. As always Chef Eric found wonderful and creative takes on the food. And the wines were interesting and wonderful, Stan is a genius. As for the service and staff, everyone was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Nice cozy ambience and pretty good food but terrible service. Servers are mostly rude and unfriendly and can disappear for extended periods of time. Will most likely not go back again because of this reason!

Tags: Organic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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