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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
From the service to the food the entire experience was sublime. After taking the orders the waitress asked if there are any food allergies or intolerances the kitchen needs to be aware of. There was, and a rather unusual one, the waitress never flinched and the food issue was taken care of it on the spot.
A real gem!!!! Tucked away in the basement of a residential building, Forage is a wonderfully cozy place and offers incredible value. The food is outstanding - inventive yet very, very honest and tasty, nothing overly fancy that makes your eyes roll. They offer various tasting menu options including very attractive vegetarian ones. The quality of the seafood, meat, and produce all were outstanding, as were the wines (also a tasting menu option). Service is unpretentious yet cordial and attentive. Everything just perfect!
Wonderful place. It’s great to come to a place where the owners are so welcoming and happy to share their great food and wine. We have a number of food restrictions (celiac, dairy allergy, vegetarianism) that they were happy to accommodate. Both the food and the wine were fabulous. Our new favorite spot in a Cambridge.
Field & Vine is a new favorite for me. The smelts were especially good, and the house made butter lived up to the reviews. Nice job on the grilled beets too. The olive snacks alone are worth the visit. And special marks for that pot de creme. Really looking forward to coming back.
Forage was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The pickled vegetables and hanger steak were real stand outs. We sat at the bar and had a wonderfully kind and attentive bar tender. At one point, my date tipped over a plate and the staff was so quick to action that it was as if it had never even happened. A an excellent cozy basement spot for feeling protected from the elements this winter. Highly recommend!
No glitz nor over-reaching menu. Instead, bar and plate produced spirited and complementary flavors well blended. A comfortable setting for all kinds of conversations. Engaged service with authentic interest in welcoming your return.
We had a lovely 4 course Tuesday night Spanish-themed meal last night with friends. The food was lovely, well prepared and delicious, especially the lamb. Service was unobtrusive yet attentive. We all appreciated the wine pairings for each course which had obviously been chosen with care. What an incredible value for $49 a person--including wine! Highly recommend this restaurant.
The whole mean was delicious! I would highly recommend. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and they surprised us with a special dessert, a delicious cranberry sorbet. When we expressed how much we like the sorbet they brought out a second dessert and explained where the ingredients were sourced from. Just great!
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.
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