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Craigie on Main

4.5
4.5
3584 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American

A longtime Cambridge staple, Craigie on Main serves a seasonal menu specializing in farm-to-table American cuisine. Each meal is made to order with bold flavors and fresh, local ingredients. We are proud to be the Winner of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2019 for Best Restaurant, General Excellence.

While working diligently to open our patio this May, our dining room is presently closed. We are offering take-out and delivery to enjoy stunning food in the comfort of your own home. The menu changes often, so check our website for the latest news and updates.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Market Cuisine, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 497-5511

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tony Maws

  • Private party facilities

    Craigie on Main is happy to offer several options for large parties. If you are looking for something that is not the “same old, same old, ” consider these examples….-We can arrange a large table for up to 15 people.-A curtained-off space can work well for groups of 15-25 on Sundays through Thursdays.-Full buyouts of our Dining Room can be arranged for up to 65 people-Full buyouts (with seasonal pricing) can also be arranged-We host business/lunch meetings, social events, late-night dining, and small networking events in our bar

  • Private party contact

    Sam@samkanter.com: (617) 497-5511

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Main St. and Mass. Ave

  • Parking details

    There is ample on-street parking nearby after 6 pm. There is a well-lit public parking lot one block away on Bishop Allen Drive (behind the restaurant). There is a paid parking garage at Le Meridien Hotel on the corner of Green St. and Sidney St.

  • Public transit

    Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,584 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MK

    MichaelK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our 50th anniversary at Craigie on July 31. Outdoor dining was fun, safe and enjoyable. Service was superb. And, of course, the food was extraordinary. We said to each other that we had an anniversary meal under a tent in a parking lot, across the street from a U-Haul building, and directly atop a subway line—and lived every minute of the experience

  2. N

    Nate

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love that Tony Maws and team have managed to translate the essence of Craigie to this outdoor space. The vibe is different, but the food, service, and spirit are as great as they have always been.

  3. p

    pattic

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined in the outdoor tent in light rain and never even noticed the weather. Food was fabulous, service was excellent and it was a great time.

  4. A

    Adam

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food, ambience, and service! Felt like a funky garden in the middle of the French countryside, but right there in Central Sq.

  5. t

    tksmitty11

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved sitting outside under the tent, even when it was raining! Our server and all the staff was amazing. Food was delicious. The tasting menu created by the chef had things I would not have tried on my own and I loved them. Looking forward to going again!

  6. D

    Derek

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent!! Enjoyed the outdoor area and the food and service were fantastic!

  7. CT

    ChrisT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always surprising and always delicious. And we never leave hungry.

  8. R

    Roma

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience at Craigie Next Door. The food was excellent and the wait staff are adorable. Loved that Chef Tony came to say hello.

  9. A

    Anniversary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious from stat to finish. Also really nice not to have to pore over a menu and make decisions. The cocktails are amazing. A Foodee's dream dinner!

  10. JB

    JenB

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is so lovely to eat outside at Craigie. Lights, brick walls, lanterns- it feels so relaxed and elegant. The food was amazing - eating fresh from the farm was never so delicious, especially the salads. Very cool cocktails.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    I fully understand that the world has been very difficult lately for hospitality and I write as I would very much like to give you my support again. Our dining experience on July 7th was pretty disappointing. The night was going to be stormy but the host insisted that we be seated outside of the tent. When I asked if she had a rain plan, she said of course. When it started drizzling and no one came to assist, we were puzzled. When it started fully raining and no one came to assist, the rest of the dinner was seemingly over. Not only did we have to bring our own, now drenched plates into one of the many empty two tops under the tent but we weren't even acknowledged for doing so. "Service continued" without a word and without a refresh of the water outside of our dinner plates. Thankfully - like always - the food was delicious. There was no need for any of this to happen. We could have easily been seated under the tent. There could have been a real plan for rain. The waitstaff could have acknowledged anything and saved the rest of the experience. The outdoor dining vibe is enchanting but it is seemingly not a fully developed plan in the second Summer of following COVID restrictions.

  12. CK

    CarrieK

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Craigie Next Door is always outstanding, but the crew went above and beyond on this very rainy day. The food was incredible, especially the pork and dessert. Everything was delivered miraculously dry through creative use of sheet pans. We so appreciated the efforts of the whole team to make this dining experience so enjoyable - raincoats and all! Thank you!

  13. LW

    LorraineW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Outstanding! Although it is an expensive dining experience…..it is worth it…especially knowing we are supporting a wonderful chef and staff….who are vocal and supportive of keeping restaurants open in Cambridge/Boston and the Massachusetts hospitality scene thriving.

  14. J

    Jibcam

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had yet another great meal at Cragie. So happy to return and see the restaurant making the best after COVID. Our server Nick was amazing.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, delicious food, and fun ambiance. We had an enjoyable experience all around! Thank you.

  16. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend the Craigie Burger experience on Sunday. Casual vibe, stellar service, fantastic food and drink. The burger was cooked perfectly and came with a side of homemade pickles, coleslaw, and sweet potato salad (mimicking your favorite old school potato salad but more colorful and a touch sweet due to the different potato). Each component of the burger was spot-on, from the melty cheddar and homemade mace ketchup, to the crisp green piece of bibb lettuce and the soft but sturdy sesame bun. The inclusion of dessert was a fun surprise too! Vanilla bean labne cheesecake with rhubarb sauce and granola, and pistachio cake with soaked cherries and yogurt. Special shoutout to Nick, the bartender, who answered all of our drink questions and made us feel like special guests with a couple of small tastes of his recent mixology experiments. Overall 11/10, and this whole craigie nextdoor/bar outside thing should be a permanent warm-weather fixture in non-covid times because it’s just really special.

  17. J

    Jojo

    New England

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Even with limited resources TonyMaws continues to turn out top rate food, service and ambience. Clearly Best of Boston

  18. CM

    CarolineM

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely love Cragie! The service is great and the staff is so friendly. The food always exceeds my expectations!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful dinner at Craigie. They’ve turned a parking lot into a fine dining oasis! The food was absolutely fantastic and the cocktails were wonderful.

  20. SR

    SusanR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Craigie Next Door! Chef’s Whim was delicious! Wish I lived in Cambridge and could enjoy it more often.

  21. F

    Fussydiner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outside owing to pandemic. Great vibe to see Tony in the outside grill.

  22. BW

    BrittW

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Wish we could have ordered the burger

  23. DI

    DroveInForThis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun but it was really overpriced even for how tasty it was. We paid over $75 per person for some toast with spreads, vegies, ribs, sausages, and rice pudding. And again, it was yummy.

  24. F

    Foodie4sure

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The casual atmosphere and delicious grilled foods make Craigie Next Door a great place for summer dining. Sundays are especially fun for an outing with friends our family, including kids. Don't miss the Craigie burger, available on Sundays, seemingly without limit. It still is the best in the Boston area.

  25. DG

    DanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Craigie is the best in Boston. Even through Covid Tony and team figure out how to provide spectacular food in an amazing environment. What a cool vibe it is outside. If you get a chance to go do it soon.

  26. b

    bostonbrit

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, relaxed ambience, friendly and efficient service. Outdoors, with adequate space between the tables.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Tony Maws has been great. He has worked hard to keep Craigie gong and provide his usual great food.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food as always, very accommodating with our kids

  29. TF

    Thoughts4Food

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you've never been here or you haven't been in a while, just drop your previous plans and come! Few experiences will change your life. This is one of them.

  30. e

    erican

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, Craigie offers the most amazing dining experience. The food is some of the best in MA. The staff is amazing. And the cocktails are incredible. I can’t say enough about this place. ♥️

  31. h

    happinessonafork

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Craigie Next Door experience is fabulous! Great atmosphere, incredible food from the outdoor grill, inventive cocktails, a stellar wine list, and awesome staff. Chef Maws, Jared, and the whole team have outdone themselves!

  32. CZ

    ChristianZ

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    Very disappointing four-course-menu. Maybe their extended menu is better once they resume normal operations again, but what we had was not enjoyable

  33. m

    mellen

    New England

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely evening. The Craigie Next Door setup is fun....food has never been better.....and the team seems energized to be back at work.

  34. AR

    AmyR

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing meal, fun setting and excellent service. The lightly roasted oysters were a stand out.

  35. G

    Greg

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a lovely evening. Food was delicious, atmosphere was cozy and the overall vibe was extremely fun! Really enjoyed this and will be back very soon!

  36. JG

    JeffG

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outdoors "Craigie Next Door" dinner. It was good to be back!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    Definitely kit top flight food anymore.

  38. PD

    PaulaD

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a table in the bar area and enjoyed delicious burgers. Service was excellent but not stuffy. Definitely make reservations

  39. SW

    SherriW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Service was excellent, the food was fine but not as special as our last visit. Felt it could have been better, might have been the menu options on this particular night

  40. RS

    RonS

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat at a bar table, had a superb and helpful waitress, and the food and drinks were great. It was a celebration, and the spot couldn't have been better.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Craigie on Main using the Order Online button. Craigie on Main also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 497-5511.

Craigie on Main is rated 4.5 stars by 3584 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main St. and Mass. Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Market Cuisine, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is ample on-street parking nearby after 6 pm. There is a well-lit public parking lot one block away on Bishop Allen Drive (behind the restaurant). There is a paid parking garage at Le Meridien Hotel on the corner of Green St. and Sidney St.

  • Public transit

    Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tony Maws

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 497-5511

  • Private party facilities

    Craigie on Main is happy to offer several options for large parties. If you are looking for something that is not the “same old, same old, ” consider these examples….-We can arrange a large table for up to 15 people.-A curtained-off space can work well for groups of 15-25 on Sundays through Thursdays.-Full buyouts of our Dining Room can be arranged for up to 65 people-Full buyouts (with seasonal pricing) can also be arranged-We host business/lunch meetings, social events, late-night dining, and small networking events in our bar

  • Private party contact

    Sam@samkanter.com: (617) 497-5511

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