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Craigie on Main

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853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Main St. and Mass. Ave)
Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
+1 617-497-5511
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5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 203
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good but not great for the price (plus a parking ticket!)

We enjoyed our dinner and all of the food was really nice, both in terms of presentation and taste. The prices are quite high, however, for what you get when compared to many of our other favorite restaurants. You can easily spend $100 per person here, possibly quite a lot more with wine. Was it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
skgbos
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New York
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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331 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our dinner and all of the food was really nice, both in terms of presentation and taste. The prices are quite high, however, for what you get when compared to many of our other favorite restaurants. You can easily spend $100 per person here, possibly quite a lot more with wine. Was it worth it? Nice to have... More 

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Cambridge, MA
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Craigie on Main serves imaginative gourmet food in an elegant bistro setting. White tablecloths, valet parking, attentive service. Because of their reputation, my guest and I tried the 8-course tasting menu, which was designed (our waiter said) to be full of surprises. We shared a carafe of muscadet (delicious) and later switched to red with a half bottle of Chianti.... More 

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USA
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My sister and I went, looking forward to an exceptional meal. Neither of us finished our plates, except the chef's tasting plate. I had the cabbage salad with was so salty, I ate half of it. My sister tried a bite and agreed it was over salted. I had the crepes, she had the bass. The red rice, squash and... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Bland flavors, cold entrees, perhaps chefs night off ? Never have I been to somewhere so overhyped. .

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Possibly one of the best brunch I've ever had. Had the cured salmon, rillettes and poppyseed bagel. Friend had the burger that was delicious as well.

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Montreal, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Service was impeccable and the food delicious, much like was said on previous reviews. Stand-outs were the fish dishes (sashimi, dorad on barley, spot prawn) and lamb sausage with black olives. We chose the tasting menu with 8 courses. But we had no idea what we were ordering, not even the waitress knew. The gamble was a good one, as... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have been to Craigie several times and have enjoyed each visit - good cocktails, interesting menu and polite staff. not the cheapest, but worth the expense.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Eating at Craigie is a very enjoyable experience. Chef-owner Tony Maws creates dishes that satisfy the palate with refined flavors and textures, and are very well presented. The food is mostly French and American in inspiration, using local and seasonal ingredients if possible. The menus change all the time, so we let the chef surprise us with new selections. There... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I can say enough about how good the food was, how accommodating the staff was and how much we had. Six courses of phenomenal food customized to our allergies, preferences and taste. Each course was fabulous.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We enjoyed a going away party in the bar area -- the food is amazing and the cocktails are incredible -- everything about Craigie is amazing, even the service - our waitperson, Paul (we called him Tall Paul) was a true professional in his field - awesome, articulate and amazing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (Main St. and Mass. Ave)
  • Public Transportation: Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-497-5511

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?