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Forage

4.6
378 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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. ​
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 576-5444
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Cooper
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Concord Ave
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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.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
http://foragecambridge.com/assets/pdf/EventMenu.pdf
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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.

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What 378 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This mushroom dinner with paired wines was one of the best meals I've ever had.
Forage will be my celebration restaurant for a long time to come. We're looking forward
to a Monday vegetarian dinner...

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KMela (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This is a gem of a restaurant. Intimate, casual fine dining with no pretensions! I just love it! Food, wine, service and ambience all are terrific.

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Griffin 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely incredible. Forage couldn't be better for a special occasion.

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Cambridge (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Another inventive and delicious meal at Forage. We are routinely surprised by new ingredients that their food and cocktail menu introduces us to. Seasonal, interesting, and always, always tasty. They were pretty busy on a Saturday night, and so it took a while to have our cocktail order taken, but after that, they were right back in the groove of offering excellent service and a wonderful dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everything was top notch. From the service, to the food, to the wine. We did the Omnivore tasting menu with wine pairing and loved every last bite and sip. Atmosphere is wonderful and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Already looking forward to our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Forage is such a gem. One of the best meals I have ever had was when they first opened about a year and a half ago. They did something magical with chrysanthemum greens, and they made an amazing lamb dish. Every time I go back, they continue to create great meals. I look forward to summer and going back to see what they will be conjuring up next.

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vipparispani (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I liked this restaurant a lot and look forward to returning soon / adding it to our rotation of regular faves. Food was excellent quality and wines by the glass were interesting and thoughtfully paired. Mussels portion is very large - almost a meal in itself.

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Jaskins (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food at Forage was very tasty, local, and unique. My wife and I both had the tasting menu paired with wine and we both enjoyed it a lot. It ended up being about $100 per person and at that price level it's difficult to assess value. I really enjoyed that the tasting menu is not listed, so it could have been a complete surprise if we had not asked what was on it. It would be cool if Forage would go to the Hospitality-Included pricing that many upscale restaurants are going to these days.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Forage was especially odd, in that the food was so perfectly, consistently lacking in depth of flavor. This, to a degree that it was clearly purposeful; there's something zen that the chef is going for. While there were some strong flavors (vinegary pickled carrots and mushrooms, sea salt ice cream, turkey prosciutto), ultimately, nothing added up to anything delicious. There was little play with richness, umami, or savory, and many bites lacked proper seasoning or interplay between flavors.

Even the cocktails, though perfectly balanced, tasted... empty, almost as if they were watered down. Though I think- again, this was purposeful, because it was so utterly consistent (we tried 3 different cocktails which all thad this same character).

Forage is definitely a unique experience with a creative, risk-taking chef, putting together quirky dishes with unusual ingredients- things I usually love. Unfortunately, if you are expecting something... tasty... this is not the place.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic food and knowledgeable service.

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JudyB (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We have eaten here twice, and it is always welcoming and cosy and the service is friendly and knowledgeable. Some of the dishes have been outstanding, especially the desserts and the mussel dishes.

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CharlieA (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The menu features local (New England) meats and produce prepared in original and tasty ways. The waitstaff share responsibility for all tables, so we were waited on by a number of charming, helpful people. The result was service that was attentive and timely but not intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

excellent, great vegan and veggie tasting menus, lovely wine pairing, knowledgeable staff

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RoseP (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

What a delightful and relaxing dining experience! Forage has something for everyone. As a person with a serious gluten allergy who doesn't eat red meat, accompanied by a 20-year daughter who is vegan, I am accustomed to being apologetic when ordering food. It was so refreshing to have our waitress (who was the BEST waitress ever) tell us that vegan and GF were not a problem. My daughter and I each ordered from the tasting menu and were delighted with each new item we tasted. Subtle, but beautiful flavors in each and every bite. And they pace it so that it is a very relaxing evening and you never worry that you need to vacate the table for another customer. I wish I could eat there every week, but live an hour away. Oh, and I don't want to forget - fantasitic wine list. Fun and serious wines that you don't usually see.

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Gump (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was excellent, and the host graciously provided us with plenty of extra tastings.

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Francie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Inventive, dazzling use of local vegetables and cheeses make for a dining adventure. Owner Stan and his chef and staff are passionate about Forage and we felt it in every detail: house made blackberry shrub (vinegar) in the cocktail, pickled zucchini purée drizzled on the thyme-roasted sweet potato, mycoterra mushroom pasta (!), and a divine cardamom rice pudding to finish. Heaven!

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DeeSom (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Had 4 course vegetarian tasting menu. It was OK. Flavors could have been stronger. And weird combinations: pistachio ice cream with rice pudding? Highlight was the cocktails which were tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We decided on 4 course omnivore w pairing wines-
Not up to expectations as far as timely service , but kind and polite treatment.
Skimpy wine amount-
Hot and noisy surroundings
Interesting courses and food was good - steak dinner and desert excellent.

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KMela (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Service,food and ambiance were excellent. Fine dining and wines at a price that is not too dear. What a lovely lovely gem of a restaurant!!!! Their wine dinners on Tuesday cannot be beat -food and wine pairings for only $50. Plus, I go by myself and feel welcomed and comfortable doing so. I just adore this place!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

This is my favorite place in the Boston area, hands down. Everything about the experience is top notch. Treat yourself to a prix fixe dinner and you won’t regret it! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing staff, beautiful food, gracious hosts. We will definitely be back.

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Bill (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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jtanny (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent food prepared with interesting and unusual ingredients. Cocktails are also finely crafted with interesting and unusual ingredients... So win-win on the entire meal. Definitely do not go with a picky eater and be open to trying new takes on classic meals.

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vipEpicure4711 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was very good. After a snafu with our drink order, the staff presented a complimentary cheese coarse, and champagne at the end of the meal. Nice touch!

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JD12 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding food both in choice and quality. Service needs to be improved..long wait between courses and server seemed to be inexperienced.

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Donald (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

The owner and staff are so welcoming and attentive. The food combines a reliace on local ingredients with seasoning combinations that are inspired. I have been here often and have always left well fed and charmed.

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vipFoodie (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food and servicen

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Fantastic value. Always unique wines. The menu is endlessly surprising.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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