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“French like you have never tasted before”
Review of Craigie on Main

Craigie on Main
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Ranked #28 of 650 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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
Reviewed April 21, 2014

First, the service here was first rate. They knew that I had dined here previously, but that was more than seven years ago when they were Craigie Street Bistro. The waitress was fun and helpful, and made sure we had a brilliant experience.

Second, the food was out of this world. Pasta rarely makes it on the menu these days, but when Tony Maws decides to create a ragout from boudin noir, order it an thank your luck stars as we did. The asparagus with green almonds and a sunny side up egg was vegetable perfection. The goat rillettes with shaved pork belly and roasted bone marrow were paragons of meatiness. The short rib with tamarind and apricot glaze and halibut with schmaltz were a perfect combination of classic French technique and creative flavor profiles. Dessert was over the top.

Go. Now. You'll love it!

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Thank Jason R
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

Recently ate here with my spouse and we ordered the 8 course tasting menu. It was a crowded Saturday night and although we had a reservation we were prepared to wait as they entry way was crammed with people waiting for their tables. We opted for a high top in the bar and got seated pretty quickly. Service once it got going was good and throughout the courses we had several members of the staff seeing to our needs. They were all knowledgeable about the food, professional and pleasant.
The tasting menu was very good and while I won't get into each course I will say it was heavy on the seafood items, which is perfectly fine by me but not everyone loves 5 courses of seafood. The menu was imaginative, beautifully prepared and gave you the experience you'd hope for in a tasting menu which is to say exposing the diner to new foods, preparations and delightful experiences.
Atmosphere is casual nice and very relaxed.
Would definitely recommend. The next visit we will opt for the pared down pre fixe at the more reasonable rate.

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1  Thank Reservationfor2
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We were greeted with a happy birthday wish for my wife - I had noted it in the online reservation weeks ago, no reminder needed. Shown to our table immediately. Warm intimate room. Every staff professional and cordial. Server equally enthusiastic about the food and our delight. We watched the staff tend to a diner who had become ill at her table in a way that protected her dignity. Tasting each item was like sharing a private fireworks display put on directly overhead. Overall experience transcended notions of timing and preparation the way a beautiful musical performance takes one beyond awareness of pitch and tempo. And they remembered the birthday candle with dessert. Just when we thought it was over we stopped to watch the kitchen, a study in coordination a beehive could learn from, and then turned around to see that the valet had noticed us and brought our car to the front before we walked out. Many more happy birthdays, babe.

Thank FromMass
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

I haven't been there recently, Ii'm afraid. But it was indeed a superb meal. And it carried on the former Craigie Street (Harvard Square) level of cuisine and service. On that particular occasion we shared a very European meal of pig's head and all sorts of meats to follow. Everything was very good. The place is very expensive and some of the seating is only meant for shorter and younger people. But the food is terrific.

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Thank Eleni O
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Superb. Period. The tasting menu is an extraordinarily memorable experience. This one of those "it's a bit expensive but TOTALLY WORTH IT" restaurants.

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Thank derrah15
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