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“a major league restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Craigie on Main

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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Ranked #7 of 554 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main St. and Mass. Ave
Transit: Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
Falls Church VA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“a major league restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

It was a marvelous experience. Delicious food, great creativity in the kitchen. Not a place for a person with a hearing problem who wants to carry on a conversation because the noise level is high. The service was professional without being obnoxiously friendly. Definitely in the expensive league but one splurge per visit should be allowed.

Visited November 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Not cheap, but worth the experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We had a delicious meal for 6 co-workers. The service was outstanding, but the sommelier didn't do the best wine recommendations. The atmosphere was impeccable and the food was just amazing. We had a variety of dishes from oysters and octopus to sirloin and swordfish. You could pick the fixed price menu and choose from a wide range of dishes or just pick the tasting menu for all the table.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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91 reviews 91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Special!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a cute little restaurant and it's one of the best around. Bring your appetite. The service is attentive and the food is interesting and excellent.

Visited January 2012
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Massachusetts
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Overpriced for bistro setting, just ok food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I wanted to feel good about spending over $200 for the 2 of us for dinner, but I just didn't get what all the hype was about -the atmosphere was more casual than expected, with an open (loud and frenetic) kitchen, ok service, and a limited, very pricey menu.
For a special occasion dinner experience, I'd recommend Meritage or Rialto over Craigie on Main any day.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brookline
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Not cheap I'm pretty sure it's worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My boyfriend and I stopped here for a drink and a snack before a night out on Central Square. It was wonderful. The service was exemplary. The open kitchen was fascinating to watch. The food was creative and intriguing. The wine was excellent.

We didn't have the full dinner - and I'm not sure if the portion sizes would have seemed worth the investment based on what I saw walk past me. That said; it seemed to vary wildly depending on what you ordered. So, I think if I ordered carefully; I would find this to be a memorable meal and an experience I would look forward to repeating.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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