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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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