Viale

4.5
560 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in the vibrant Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, and voted 'Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Central Square' by Boston Magazine "Best of 2018", Viale is a casual, upscale restaurant focused on the flavors of Italy & New England. Fresh pastas and dishes from our wood burning grill are just some of the highlights of our locally sourced menu. A lively bar atmosphere spotlights old and new world wines, original craft cocktails and artisan brewed beers. Whether you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, or just have dinner with some friends, Viale's warm hospitality is here to accommodate all of your needs. We also just recently began serving lunch Monday-Friday, 11:30-2:20, offering a great spot for business lunches.

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Sun 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed 5:00PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu 5:00PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is totally a neighborhood gem. The menu is not huge but that’s why it’s so consistently good. Totally an under the radar kind of place for the quality and creative touches that make the food there so good. They have a roasted chicken dinner that is to die for and that’s no easy feat. For me, that’s the true test of a great chef. Making even roasted chicken taste special. The wood fired oven is my favorite thing but that’s because I’m not a pasta eater. Others at my table had pasta and said it was fantastic. I’m a big fan of Viale! Oh- and to top it all off, they offer $1 oysters every day from 5-7 pm!! Menu prices are very reasonable for Boston/Cambridge.
Was crazy busy last time I ate there so servers were a little under the weeds but still super pleasant and we probably waited 5 extra minutes compared to a normal night so all good.
Try this place if you haven’t and if you live in the neighborhood then make sure to eat there often because it really has become a wonderful part of this neighborhood.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This may have been our 5th or 6th time dining at Viale. It's a consistently great meal! I called ahead to ask about ordering off the menu because I am on fairly restrictive new diet. The very kind person who took my call went through options and made an effort to understand my parameters. When we arrived, I mentioned this convo to the host and we were all set. I can't have any grain, sugar or dairy. This makes eating out nearly impossible. I had an elegant delicious meal at Viale! I had grilled rabe with their insanely tasty wild boar bolognese over it and the cauliflower with white anchovies (?) appetizer. I have no complaints. It was absolutely wonderful! Thank you Viale!

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m
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for a casual Sunday brunch. There was a nice set of choices. Service was good, not too noisy. A good neighborhood place.

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r
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a large group, everything was delicious and reasonably priced. Will be going back for sure!

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I
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is well done. Only criticisms to pasta needs to be eaten hot (quickly) as its got quite a bit of fat for richness which, when it cools coagulates and thats not pleasant. Wine choice was super and the service friendly and helpful. Oh and the oysters, outstanding. A most enjoyable pre-theatre meal.

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RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Nice staff. Great proximity to Central Square Theater. Gluten free pasta available.

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CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very tasty food! The service was great, our waiter let us taste 2 different wines before choosing which was nice. Able to carry on a conversation easily. I would go back.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy yummy in my tummy

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Impressed by their limited time special offer on raw oysters! We ordered two dozens and all of them were fresh and savory. Will be back soon lol

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! The fried califlower was one of the best califlower dishes we have had. The touch of pickled anchoy is very clever and balanced out the dish. The veal sugo that came with the ragatoni was also surprisingly wholesome and flavorful without being salty. Finally, I loved the orange spiced mascaphone paired with vanilla ice cream and olive oil cake. Great dessert! Overall exceeded expectation.

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BF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! The food was amazing. Creative, complex, colorful and delicious. Also, they were so accommodating to a member of my party that had gluten sensitivity. I sent friends there the next day and they also raved! New favorite restaurant.

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DC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good bread, good wine value, great starter, mixed results on the two entreés—the pasta with mussels was outstanding, grilled monkfish was perfectly cooked but a bit dull. The afogatos were a good finish. The service was good but sometimes perfunctory. Great value for restaurant week.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for dine out Boston last Sunday and were told they did not do it on Sunday. Manager kindly made exception for us, thank you!

Food is exceptional. Will come back later.

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h
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was the worst I've experienced recently.
We came for the $1 oyster deal sat at the table 15 minutes prior to 7pm, when deal ends) the waitress was very unpleasant and kept pushing us to get drinks. When it was time to her food she wasn't there and we had to wait quite a while.
She finally came to the table and when I asked fi get the $1 oysters, she scolded me that thurs feeal is looking fine (it was 7:02pm).
At the rest of the feeal she almost threw the food at us, was best unpleasant , and when she picked up the dishes from the table she spilled food on me. No sorry or a smile there too...
Yikes.

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R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is always well prepared and delicious and the cocktail options are both imaginative and well-balanced The ambiance is casual while maintaining a noise level that allows for easy conversation. Its a nice place for a date of for dinner with friends.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, vibes — very enjoyable evening

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SA
Singapore
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for the dineoutboston menu and it was of great value. Service was good and prompt. Great ambiance and good for date nights. Happy hours oysters were at $1 each and they were fresh but tasted so- so. For a $1 each, they were acceptable. Bread were surprisingly soft and fragrant and it would be nice to have more than 1. We ordered each a small plate, big plate/ entree and a dessert. I had the viale meatballs which were juicy and well marinated. My hub had the broccoli rabe which was top notched. The charrness of the grilled broc brought out the sweetness of the green veggie and i regretted not ordering that. For the entree, we had potato gnocchi and steak respectively. Both had their own merits and were well executed. Gnocchi were chewy and soft and the steak were cook to perfection. I would say that the food were above average but were nothing of an exception and easily forgettable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The mushroom parpadelle was fantastic! The smoked beets were also delicious although a little wet on the greens with too much dressing. The cauliflower sounded better than it tasted; just average in flavor but great on texture. Service was professional but attentive.

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Great food - everyone was so nice!

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FW
New England
51 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dining at Viale was not a memorable experience. Food was prepared and served with indifference. There are loads of very good dining options out there, and unfortunately Viale isn’t one of them. It’s not worth a return visit.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to spot for all my business meals. Great location, phenomenal food. I don’t have to impress my clients, I let Vials do that for me!!!

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice upscale-casual spot. Good service with great food. The wild boar gnocchi dish was fantastic.

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E
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Imaginative menu, rather rich food -- too good!! Fine service. And each time we go, we find parking fairly easily. Plus -- very close to Central Square Theatre, so if you're going to a show there, Viale is a great place for dinner beforehand.

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t
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful.
Vegetarian options were much better than usual.
interesting beer selection

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M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious and reasonable , we really appreciated that the level of the music was low. We could hear each other talk. It is perfect for a meal before or after a play at Central Square Theater.

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N
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Noise level is high, if you like that!

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious olives, bread and oysters. I went for the buck a shuck deal and it was worth it. I ordered the clam linguine which I found a little salty. They also have a great/ diverse wine selection with lots of reasonably priced bottles.

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SR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always appreciate the consistency of a quality restaurant. I have never been disappointed after multiple visits. My guests (3) had never been to the restaurant and are all 'restaurant people'. They loved it!!!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Courses are too overpriced for both quality and quantity. Some restaurants ride on their past laurels, and this is one of them. Lovely atmosphere and fabulous service. The cuisine, you can shop and prepare at home for 50% less. Save your money!

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my wife for a night out and this place rocked it. The drink menu was creative. The dollar oysters made for a perfect starter - and the special a pork shank? Amazing. The normal menu items were delightful - I could have eaten 4 orders of fried cauliflower. Mike the owner waited on us a few times and just made it a nice night. We will be back.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You cant beat the $1 oysters. We also shared the Pappardelle with Maitake mushrooms which was excellent. Cocktails are also great. The only miss for me was the chocolate dessert which felt undercooked and tasted a little tinny. My advice is to skip dessert and eat more oysters!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire group had a fabulous meal at Viale. All of the food was delicious - especially the oysters, arancini, and pappardelle! The food tasted fresh and handmade. You can’t beat that when looking for an authentic Italian meal. The wait staff was very friendly and always checked in to make sure we were doing well. Would highly recommend a visit!

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Viale to celebrate my birthday. I had a reservation and they sat us on time. The waiters were very pleasant. I really enjoyed my meal.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment you walk in you are greeted and treated like a welcome and valued guest. I’ve been here four times in the past few months and each time has been spectacular in the level of service and overall friendliness. The food is of course outstanding as well!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Yummy yummy homemade pasta. Everyone’s food was delicious.

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WB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a good experience. The food in particular was top notch. The one vegetarian option, "spaghetti alla chitarra," was more interesting than many vegetarian offerings. The beef, fish, and duck that my companions ate were all praised.
The service was friendly and helpful, if absent for a bit from time to time.
The ambiance is a little drab and a little frayed - I noticed obvious chips in the paint and plaster - nothing too serious. Acoustically it's a harder space than I recalled, but blessedly there was no intrusive or inappropriate music being piped in. A noisy party a few tables away sometimes undermined the mood. That said, the spacing of tables is good, there's no sense of being crammed in.
Viale is a fine place for excellent food in an undemanding, welcoming environment.

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RE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was imaginative, Innovative and delicious. Try the smoked duck. Yum! Service was friendly, attentive and efficient.
One thing I really appreciated about Viale was that the background music was interesting and upbeat but not overwhelming. It was easy to have a conversation with my dining partners.

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m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening with so many good meal choices that we were constantly sharing from start to finish.

The staff was attentive and helpful answering questions about choices we considered for each course.

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h
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing especially good or bad about this restaurant.

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AD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Viale is excellent and very reasonably priced. The brussel sprout salad was excellent . We both had the Rigatoni with sausages and calabrian chile. It was delicious. The place is pleasant to eat in, not noisy and the service was great. We will definately return

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