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The Dial, Cambridge, MA

The Dial

4.4
4.4
301 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sophisticated yet laid-back, The Dial is a bustling restaurant and bar serving global cuisine with a distinctly local flair. Step out onto the patio when the temperature rises or organize a gathering in our private dining room.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 349-2967

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Urso

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Mass Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Few minute walk from 'Central' T-stop on the Red Line.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 301 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. h

    hard2plz

    New England

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We have been big fans of the Dial since they opened pre-pandemic. We've always eaten in the courtyard and love it. We were there for dinner outside recently, when a sudden summer downpour hit. We took quick shelter under an umbrella that the staff had opened for us. The staff quickly relocated everyone inside. We had our drinks already and when we got to our new table, our first round of tapas was there. The downside was the incredible noise level, not from music, but just the other guests. I don't know why it was so loud, no obvious large parties. But it was really impossible to talk easily and our guests were from overseas. We'd been looking forward to seeing them for a long time ... Whatever the infrastructure is, some sound reduction is needed for people who want to talk at dinner. If you'll just be surfing and texting on your phone, then the great food and great service are all you need. Next time, we'll be back in the Courtyard.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the dial for a festive and relaxed outdoor patio experience
  3. S

    Sarah

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Overall we had a nice time at the Dial - the brunch options are tasty and the ambience of the space is great. However, we got there early for brunch right as the restaurant opened and we were one of the first groups seated - despite the mostly empty space, service was on the slow side. We also had some billing errors, being way overcharged for coffees that are supposed to be free refills. I was able to call and get the billing error resolved, but it's a bit frustrating that it happened.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I supposed we reserve for a birthday celebration brunch but not even a little detail from de restaurant and neither they asked, even it is a great place the maga we look kind of superb.
  5. HS

    HollyS

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food was great but the service was terrible. We had to flag our waitress down if we wanted anything.
  6. TJ

    TaylorJ

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 friends and I sat outside at The Dial on a Saturday evening. It was surprisingly empty and I’m not sure why, but it was pretty quiet and the service was great. The drinks were refreshing and not too sweet (definitely try the juice cleanse if you’re into carrot juice and ginger beer). We shared several starters and larger plates, but the stars of the show were definitely the trofie and pan Arctic char. The trofie pasta was super fresh and light, and the salmon in the pan Arctic char was perfectly cooked. We also really enjoyed the piri piri chicken, shrimp tacos and tuna crudo. The fries and bunuelos were good to snack on but not sure if I’d get them again since there are so many other delicious options on the menu. The inside is funky and brightly colored (with a huge tv playing Bob’s Burgers), and there’s a separate rooftop bar in the same building that you can head to after. The patio out back was great in the warm weather and has its own bar in a shipping container. I will definitely be coming back!
  7. R

    Razlet

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Environment was stylish: lighting was just right for a casual but nice dinner; the AC was a touch strong. Seating was comfortable; my table was neither too large nor too small; table spacing was comfortable. Service was timely, effective, and polite. Cocktails were delicious and varied; the wine list was minimal but sufficient for general food pairings. Meats were cooked deliciously and to specifications (lamb burger & carne asada). Dishes were thoughtfully composed, with nice blends of flavors, seasonings, and textures - I felt an inclination to try "all surf" or "all turf" and was not disappointed with the "turf" offerings of Turkish/Levantine/Persian-inflected dishes (dolmades, beef tartare, and a lamb merguez burger). The nebbiolo by-the-glass was a fine fit to cut through the richness; I imagine the by-the-bottle sangiovese, or indeed many other by-the-bottle reds would have also been solid pairings. No desserts or dessert drinks were tried; no opinions there. The check came smoothly and with no surprises.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It was a super hip & greasy place. The food was good. We went for brunch. The drinks ranged in strength drastically. But the food was good. The serving size was fair for the price
  9. J

    Jodhinna

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my fave spot! Absolutely amazing.
  10. M

    Maggie

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Tasty drinks and apps, and great outdoor patio space!
  11. J

    Jehar

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    EXTREMELY overrated! Spent almost $150 on food just to leave hungry 😬
  12. PC

    PamC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Becky was awesome! Lamb burger was a fav for all and juice cleanse delish! Sat out on patio and loved the vibe. Overall great experience!
  13. P

    Picklelover11

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The vibe was great and a cute oasis patio in busy Cambridge.
  14. S

    Szaf4

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, food & drink! The staff were friendly, knowledgeable & attentive. Fabulous night out. Would 10/10 recommend.
  15. JR

    JackieR

    New England

    188 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Order the lamb ribs! They are divine. I was also impressed and surprised by the roasted chicken dish. This is not a meal I would typically order and am so glad I did. It was heavenly. Special thanks to Roberto for the care!
  16. b

    bkou

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit in two weeks. Consistently great and friendly staff.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Overpriced and under seasoned
  18. s

    spkmck

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our absolute favorite restaurants. It never disappoints
  19. b

    bkou

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very accommodating to us and some of our group was vegan to which they have many options.
  20. p

    patrickg

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scallop dish was unique and delicious. Great cocktails as well.
  21. R

    Recommend

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, we loved our experience at Dial! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! We sat outside in the courtyard so the energy levels were high as there were a couple of large togethers.
  22. S

    Susan

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    It's a fun place with good food and great service, but the noise level requires shouting to hear your dining companions. the brick walls and stone floor guarantee deafening sound which ensures that we won't be back. too bad, because everything else worked.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    This was a very disappointing experience for us. We had booked a reservation on the rooftop deck to celebrate a birthday. When we arrived we were told that the deck had been reserved for a private event and that the only seating they had was in the bar area. We also asked when we made the reservation if we could do a little dessert with a candle; that did not occur either. The service was fair. We waited 20 minutes for someone to come and take our food order. Food was OK. Overall it was an expensive dinner that was really not special at all. We will not be back.
  24. R

    Rachel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was excellent. Great for occsssions, we were there for a graduation. Good spot for vegetarians and their meat eating friends
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Fun place, but in sonderstay so only ok - was quiet for lunch
  26. A

    Alex

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    I was here for a brunch. Personally I enjoyed the shakshuka but for $14-15, just one egg and tomato sauce were a bit lacking (especially compared to the shakshuka at Tatte). I did not get drinks, but friends complained that $5 was too much for a plain iced black coffee. The ambiance was wonderful though!
  27. TC

    TaraC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and service!! Will definitely be going back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great! Service was awesome
  29. RR

    RobertoR

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is ALWAYS soooo good. Never fails, delicious. The service is as slow as it gets. HUGE qualm: The server hands you a portable credit card machine right there at the table. You have to insert chip and give the tip right there as the server hangs out over your shoulder. I hate it. It's like I'm forced to give this excellent tip bc they are literally looking at you to see what you will tip. So I do tip in fact excellently so I don't look like a douchbag, even though the service is truly par to sub par. But again-- the kitchen is the saving grace. The food is so good, we keep going back. Win some, lose some. This review btw is coming from a person who was server/bartender for 2 decades of their life. I know what good service is.
  30. N

    Nickname

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Our server was inexcusably rude and inexplicably unavailable for the first half of the meal.
  31. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, drink and experience! Highly recommend. I did read through some of the reviews and couldn’t disagree more with the comments about the wait staff. The staff were awesome, thoughtful and clearly work their tail off. These patrons live under a rock and don’t read the news is my assumption. Anyway! An absolute gem in Central and worth your time!
  32. SP

    SaltandPepper

    New England

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service started out great -- our server was prompt, friendly and helpful. But as time went on she did not check back with us very much and our food was just plopped on the table by a runner who did not remove the dishes we were finished with. We would have ordered dessert and coffee but didn't want to take the chance that everyone would disappear on us again. I am usually a generous tipper but left a 10% tip because the service was so inattentive. Cocktails were great. The food was good but not remarkable. For example, there is a lot of coating on the cod cheeks and that detracts from the simple elegance of that piece of the fish. Fried potatoes were soggy in part because the fish is piled up on them and they steam due to being presented that way. I would return here only because it is a newer place that is probably getting its foothold and there are, of course, all kinds of extra difficulties during covid. Would recommend for cocktails.
  33. O

    Oceanside

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was okay. The chilaquiles were bland and the breakfast sandwich was soggy.
  34. JT

    JeremyT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful 2022 Mother's Day brunch at the Dial. Cody was our waiter, he was attentive and friendly. The Dial atmosphere is bright, upbeat and clean. I would definitely go back to be able to sample some more of the drinks from the bar.
  35. J

    Jenna

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & kind waitstaff ! Always a fun time.
  36. KP

    KPLGMS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat at the bar, but there's also a lovely, enclosed patio out back! All the food was delicious, and our bartender was a delight.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Definitely way understaffed and overpriced mediocre food. I’m not one to leave reviews, but the few times we did see wait staff they were quite rude and then tried quickly to make up for it to get a tip. Cocktails are interesting, not everyone’s cup of tea. Overall, I wouldn’t go back but it was alright.
  38. b

    biancap

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was average. Good service, unique drinks. Chill vibe.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful and delicious food. Polite and progressional service. Emma was our server and she was lovely. Will go again and would recommend to anyone.
  40. AT

    AianT

    New England

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant has a good ambience but the food is expensive for its portion size.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Dial using the Order Online button. The Dial also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 349-2967.

The Dial is rated 4.4 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Dial

907 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mass Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Few minute walk from 'Central' T-stop on the Red Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Urso

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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