Forage

4.6
739 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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New England
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal at Forage. Everything we ate was delicious, and the portions were good-sized. The frozen dessert, Kracken, was the best. So glad we discovered this restaurant on Open Table. Definitely will return.

MH
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food at Forage is light years beyond that at any other restaurant in the Boston metro area.

m
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service (thanks, Joe!) with excellent cocktails and very very good food. The mushroom sausage was outstanding, and the steak had perfect marbling and incredible flavor. We'll be back, maybe when there are more foraged mushrooms on the menu!

SM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful and the food was great and unique

MC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed my meal at Forage. Both my husband and I ordered the vegetarian tasting menu, which was quite a lot of food for a tasting menu. Really inventive food, interesting taste combinations, an excellent dining adventure. The restaurant was really accommodating about our need to change the reservation; the space is small but convivial and the staff could not have been nicer. Definitely a place I’d return to.

OT
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a bit of a foodie haven. It's a small venue that has served as the home of a variety of adventurous pioneers. The larger "Craigie on Main" started here. A while ago it was a restaurant called appropriately "!2 Tables," (although there are 16 tables here now).

The last time I was here with my family, my son was not so enamored with stuff like garlic icecream, but I liked it - or at least the idea of it.

When we ate here on Friday night, the food wasn't quite that experimental, but it was unusual, with an emphasis on pickled vegetables and of course very fresh ingredients.

I had a fried bluefish which was crisp and excellent, but the most memorable dish for me was Mussels with fresh tomatoes - and it's hard to go wrong with good fresh tomatoes in August, but many restaurants don't seem to get the tasty ones. Forage does, and they could probably tell you where they get them. The mussels came from Maine.

c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never been disappointed by dinner/drinks at Forage!

BS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I love the restaurant and will definitely return. The Jamaican night was a worthy effort. I wish Forage would do more ethnically inflected themes. But the spices were too muted to live up to the publicity

AR
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have reviewed Forage in the past; this review is of the Jamaican dinner on August 6, 2019. The food at Forage is always a bit out of the ordinary; this meal was even more so. The flavors and combinations were mostly unexpected and thoroughly delicious. We ate every morsel of the jerked chicken and practically licked the plates. As always, Stan's wine pairings were brilliant; I don't think that all of the wines would go well with "ordinary" food but they paired beautifully with the spicy and complex Jamaican dishes. A memorable meal!

r
New England
64 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were looking for a menu which could accommodate the desires of omnivores and vegetarians at a single table -- and Forage did that nicely. While some aspects of dishes were uneven (grilled zucchini with an entree was burnt on one side, underdone on the other on one plate at the table but more evenly cooked for another plate), the overall experience, service and enjoyment of the food was high. There is unevenness in the size of some servings (particularly the antipasti, which is more "table" than "personal" scale). Overall, it was a pleasant evening and well worth it.

EG
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small, intimate, great vegan options, incredible blending of flavors.

MO
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Overall it was a nice experience. The ambience and food were very good. Most of the staff seemed very nice but unfortunately the lady waiting our table came across extremely unfriendly and kind of intimidating. She made us feel unwelcome. If we got a friendly waitress, we would totally give it a 5-star.

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful organically grown local products in a fancy atmosphere. We loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal in every way.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Pretentious yet unpretentious. Delicious. Best pork chop I’ve ever had. Will be returning soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! We had an experience not just a meal!

KO
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Cute vibe. Great drink options. Not enough parking, food was very salty.

F
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. A true gem in Cambridge. Held a 12 person event that was great fun: tasty creative food, good wine, wonderful service. We will be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Loved it! Had the tasting menu and was very impressed. Excellent service as well. Can’t recommend enough.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good experience overall, but the 4 course vegetarian taster was underwhelming. First course was too heavy on vinegar and acidic, and the second course was neither cold nor hot. Lukewarm food is hard to pull off. Main course and dessert were both fantastic, but felt like it could have been better for the price.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks, appetizers, and desserts were great. My main dish (pasta) was bland.

HA
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their Tuesday 4-course wine pairing dinners are amazing! Great staff, amazing food and wine, love it there :)

RK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hosted a work colleague who is vegan and had a lovely time. Staff was informed on the menu and food preparation and the atmosphere was casual and inviting. Will definitely go again.

V
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time going and enjoyed it immensely. Had the omnivore tasting menu and the cheese course and it was delicious. Ate the pork chops as leftovers and they were still great.
It’s a wonderful place to spend a nice long evening with a loved one. The service is great and unlike most restaurants it’s actually quiet enough that you don’t have to shout to be heard. You’re able to to take your time and savor everything.

F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable!

KM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such great wines

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful combinations. The mussels were fresh and perfectly done. Chick pea thin bread delicious. In the fiddle head fern pasta inventive yummy vegetables, including sea beans (who knew?), and really good mushrooms. Excellent desserts.
The woman maitre de was short with me, but the owner and other staff made up for her curtness.

J
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food! I went for the vegetarian tasting menu aware that I was running the risk of receiving the omnivore option with a few omissions. Instead the courses were hearty and well balanced, the portions were generous and we were not left hungry in the slightest. The atmosphere was lovely - a slight buzz but quiet and intimate enough that conversation was not difficult. All in all, one of the best meals I have ever had and it is very easy to recommend forage unreservedly. Keep up the good work guys!

GF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, quiet, intimate interior. Out of the hustle location. A perfect way to celebrate re-entry from a few weeks in the wild lands. Or if you want to be back. We had the most delicious meal and cocktails with a touch of nature feast for all our senses. They let us stagger choreograph our dishes building one shared dish upon another. Perfect waitstaff attitude, attention, and tempo. I will return.

H
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, intimate spot. Vegetarian-friendly food. Great service.

CM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sommelier’s explanation of our wine pairing made the meal and experience exceptional. Can’t wait to go back.

MD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Cambridge favorite. Delicious, imaginative food, intimate ambiance, attentive service without being overbearing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Superior service and amazing food every time

OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in Vermont, but were in Cambridge for our anniversary. We booked dinner at Forage based on reviews online, looking for a nice place with vegan options. Our experience exceeded our expectations in every way. We ordered the chef‘s tasting menu, vegan style. Too often, vegan food falls into one of two categories. Either it is an attempt to replicate a non vegan meal, or it is so simple we could have easily made it at home None of the four courses at Forage fell into either of these traps. The ingredients were fresh, local, and in some cases foraged rather than farmed. The preparation emphasized subtle flavor combinations that were new to us and not trying to be anything other than delicious. Because our curiosity was aroused, we greatly enjoyed the engaged and enthusiastic staff, who clearly have fun developing the offerings and are eager to share what they have learned and loved. We left feeling a little sad that we don’t live closer. We would be regulars for sure. As it is, we are planning a return trip as soon as we can.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family of four had a spectacular dinner. We shared the plumpest mussels we've ever had. One kid got the 4 course vegan, one got the 4 course veggie, one pork entree and one pappardelle. The menu changes a lot based on what's in season. We love going to nice places that go out of their way with creative vegan options for the 1 vegan in the family.
And the sides for the meat dish were just as interesting. (Pickled sweet potatoes, among many other touches). The staff couldn't be nicer. Great drinks and wine as well. We'll go back!

MM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I hate parking in Cambridge. I hate driving to Cambridge. Truth be told I kinda hate Cambridge BUT Forage is totally worth the trip! Simply the most creative cuisine I've experienced in forever. You can taste the thought that went into every roasted vegetable. Wait staff was knowledgeable, patient and attentive without the patronizing banter. Love it. Will return.

MC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My family and I went there to celebrate my husband's birthday. We had an amazing time from start to finish. We did the wine pairing with dinner, and enjoyed all of it thoroughly. The staff were very friendly and attentive and completely accommodated my two younger children, who I had to add on to the reservation at the last minute. The owner even brought out crayons and markers so that they could draw while my husband and I finished our meal. Will definitely be going back soon!

KM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, delicious, creative and worth every penny!

JB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always absolutely outstanding. Lovely people, delicious and different food, ethos of local, vegetable-heavy food. No tricks, just great.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The mussels, salad and steak were quite bland and under seasoned. The salads/mussels came before the appetizer pickle plate. The staff apologized and gave it to us complimentary. The bluefish was excellent. Socca devoured by vegetarian daughter, but portion small and grilled carrot basically raw. Pickles all tasted the same, not much variety.

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