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“Gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Catalyst

Catalyst
300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
617-576-3000
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Ranked #35 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

This is a great little restaurant. It has the best service in the Cambridge area. The food is great. I attend a company sponsored dinner and athough I not sure of he prices, the food was really great. The salmon was prepared with a lite signature sauce.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dallas, Texas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Delicious pasta and fish, great salads, desserts not as quite as good as the rest of the meal. Varied but pricey wine list, but still possible to find good choices under $75. Service was friendly but a little slow.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tallahassee, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Trendy Fun and Hip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Sat outside with coworkers. Pretty young crowd and most appeared to be having cocktails rather than eating - both inside and out. With so many good restaurants in Cambridge/ Boston, it was hard to say this was excellent, but it was solidly good. I had the special - swordfish - that was extremely well prepared - just rather plain. Some of our party had appetizers that they said were amazing - including soup and oysters. I would definitely go back. The inside decor was quite upscale and it looked like a great place to socialize and unwind.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Great food interesting drinks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Wandered over one weeknight with my husband after a day at MIT fairly early about 6.30pm hostess could only seat us at the bar despite the place being half empty (and remaining so) as if the place was painfully chic (it isnt its just a big empty nicely decorated space). Had the pasta which was lovely and not US portions and a couple of drinks. The bartender was also painfully chic and couldnt make anything that wasnt on the cocktail menu (I asked for an Aperol Spritz and my husband and old school tequila sunrise) but gave it a go.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful cocktail bar near Kendall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Catalyst is a great cocktail bar near Kendall Square. Some of my friends work a few blocks away and come here, and after just a few times tagging along the staff recognized me and welcomes me back warmly. The bar staff is awesome and strikes the right balance between leaving you alone and engaging you in conversation. Get "the undecided" and they'll whip you up something based on your likes and dislikes - I've done this at least half a dozen times and never been disappointed. If you don't want to put complete faith in them, they can help you pick something good to drink after just a few questions to determine your preferences. Each time I've been here (weekday evenings mostly) it hasn't been overly crowded or loud, just the right atmosphere for hanging out with some friends over a drink (or a few).

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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