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Thu 5:00PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Viale is a great choice when you are in Central Square. A friend of mine introduced me to it, and we were meeting there to catch up with one another. When my friend was delayed, she called the restaurant to let me know and the hostess came right over to let me know. Steve, our server, was attentive while I waited. When we then had to hustle a bit to get in dinner before I had to leave, Steve made sure everything was fine. The food was excellent, as always. We'll be back!
Best lunch in boston
Excellent food and considerate service. The space is pleasant too!
Everything was perfect! Great oysters, nice Muscadet, good service. Great ambiance, only thing is that is a bit noisy. But overall perfect!
I love Viale! Such a great place to meet friends for drinks and dinner. Will be back again soon.
We loved our two visits to Viale. We were a party of six (different friends) both times, and ordered all four pasta dishes on the menu, plus a flatbread, as the main course, passing all the plates around. This made for great variety and was plenty of food, especially following four vegetable appetizers. The restaurant is a bit noisy, as is par for a popular place. The food was uniformly delicious, and the waiter (we had the same waiter both visits) was friendly and helpful. We felt very welcomed in the restaurant and put it high on our list.
Viale never disappoints. This restaurant is a small jewel in the neighborhood. I've been there in the last month with several small groups for meetings and celebrations. The staff is welcoming and very efficient. The menu is excellent. There are always interesting specials. Go early and often. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant.
Met friends visiting from California, so we had lots to talk about and took way too much time to look at the menu, etc. But our server was super patient and let us stay at the table without any pressure to get moving. The food was delicious. We shared everything so got to taste almost everything on the menu. The grilled cauliflower was especially tasty. A real gem of a restaurant.
Great atomosphere and reasonably priced for how wonderful the food was. Lots of gluten free options!
The linguine verde was out of this world. The wild board gnocchi was delicious as well. The brussel sprout salad was at the top of its class in flavor and consistency. This was an exceptional experience and cannot wait to come back. Highly recommend this for all parties large and small.
The food was good, but the cocktails were terrible.
We really enjoyed our dinner. The restaurant has a great vibe, is comfortable/casual. The service was great, both our waiter and one of the owners were super helpful, welcoming, and friendly. We enjoyed several appetizers -- fried cauliflower in a delicious sauce, and grilled broccoli rabe that are both easy to recommend. For entrees, I had the bucatini and my wife had the blue cod and both dishes were really great. The wine was also very nice. We'd definitely return.
We ordered a shaved Brussels sprout salad which was very good, maybe a little heavy on the blue cheese. The wine was fine. Then one of us ordered the green lobster pasta dish. He said it was pretty good. One of us ordered the bucatini, which she liked. I ordered the lamb ribs, which if you like fat and molasses, might have been okay. I couldn’t eat them or the rolled couscous that accompanied the lamb. The couscous tasted like pure vinegar. I gave up on my meal. The waiter was very good: attentive, understanding, and patient. He removed the charge for the lamb ribs from our bill.
Best of Cambridge! Hands on owners provide wonderful food...a sophisticated cocktail menu...and the staff are all great.
Good food but limited menu
I felt we ate relatively healthy and really had great food. I had the beat salad and the potato gnocchi and the portion was perfect - i.e. good enough. Most restaurants give you too much food this was perfect to fill me but not over fill me. Brought my daughter for her birthday - she really liked it.
The food was amazing!
we had a great time
what more is there to say? oh we will be back. and we appreciate the connection with the local central square theater.
We made a reservation, but at 5:00 on a Tuesday, it wasn't necessary. By 6:00, though, it started getting crowded. We both had the chicken entree, and it was excellent. I didn't want the brussel sprouts that came with it, so the waiter offered other vegetables including potatoes. The service was excellent.
The food was exceptional! The beets, gnocchi and cod were out of this world.
Lovely ambience with ample light. Delicious food — I highly recommend the flat iron steak dish!
The food was amazing and the portions were reasonable for finer dining. The volume of music was perfect and I was able to hear my friend throughout our dinner. The waiters always made rounds to make sure we did not meet anything else. Overall great experience. The only thing that may put off some people is that their menu is small, but they seem to be helpful in accommodating dietary restrictions. Can’t wait to go back when they have their octopus again.
Limited menu for me equals expectations of perfectly cooked meal. Small portions but heavy handed on the salt. I had the gnocchi with braised wild boar. Very salty. The price was higher than expected.
We had a birthday celebration for a 25-year old daughter, hosted by her mom. Her boyfriend, same age, and her brother, 21, were also in attendance. The pizzas we ordered for appetizers were scrumptious and just right for keeping the hungry horrors away while we waited for the rest of our order. The boyfriend is still talking about the pesto pizza two days later. The oysters were super fresh and the sauces served with them were just right. We ordered a fantastic Erbaluce white wine with the pizza and oysters, sounds unusual but they went together well, and the birthday girl appreciated it very much. The menu was posted online and looking it over in advance was very helpful, especially for the appetizers and the wine menu. The primi piatti were limited in choices and the brother with lactose intolerance was more limited than mom had expected, but he was also the designated driver and the coffee was good! We asked for the red wine to be decanted before serving, which was also accomodated and the non-red wine drinkers were happy. Some of us shared plates, and that was accomodated well. The dishes were served au point, the fish and vegetables were not overcooked. The arugula salad was sublime. Also wonderful were the desserts -- the olive oil cake and rhubarb dressing and ice cream is miraviglioso! The only tricky part was that even though we had made a reservation about a week in advance, we had a 4-top table in the middle of the floor, and we arrived exactly on time, and asked for an alternative spot table, but it was not possible due to full seating capacity in the dining room. We were in the middle of the traffic pattern. It felt like every person, wait staff and diners, walking past our table was grazing my chair, and it happened many times because it was a busy early Sunday evening dinner hour.
nice food maybe a little pricey given plate sizes - overall pretty good
We’re regulars because we love this restaurant. We have plenty of choices in Cambridge, but we seek to gravitate to Viale because we know we’ll have a great meal in a friendly ambiance.
Great spot! Been here 20x and keep coming bacn
Consistently good food with exceptional service. Can't go wrong with Viale.
I enjoyed my time there immensely!
We loved the food: three fish dishes - - to include a special, the arugula salad, and oysters to start. A nice bottle of French Sauvignon Blanc accompanied our dishes. The ambiance was great and conducive for conversation. Will definitely return with friends again.
I love Viale. It has been our neighborhood go-to for several years. I was thrilled to find some new items on the menu, and they were over the top good. Two salad dishes were extraordinary-- the smoky beet salad, and the shaved brussels sprouts were both creative and yummy. I had the blue cod, with wild mushrooms and asparagus, and it was perfectly done.
My only complaint was the noise. I have eaten at Viale probably 30 times in the past five years, and I have never experienced the level of deafening noise that greeted us when we arrived at 7:00 PM. There was some sort of after-work party going on at the bar, and it overflowed from the bar into the general space. Our waiter was great at moving us to the quietest corner we could find. We were there for a 75th birthday celebration, and our nerves were really jangled by the time people quieted down. I hope that was an isolated experience, as I really rely on Viale for a reliably good meal with friends.
We had a business meeting with 7. At first the small and limited menu was not a big hit but then the drinks and food came out and everything was awesome and extremely tasty. 5 stars in my book. Very plesantly suprised.
Viale is a terrific neighborhood restaurant in Central Square with wonderful food and great service. We are regulars.
Gnocchi is very good. Chicken is fantastic. Hostess was fine, but didn't smile. Parking is awful in that area.
Very good main dish (salmon). Soup was OK. Felt that pricing was high relative to portions we received for our lunch.
First visit for me and very good experience
Steve provided outstanding service
Great happy hours oysters
Meatballs also excellent
All very good
For some reason, the restaurant wasn’t aware of our reservation even though I received a confirmation. It was early in the evening, so we had no problem getting seated.
Our waitperson was especially great making sure that an order placed was dairy-free. We really appreciated that. All of our meals were very good.
We had a lovely business dinner. Everyone's food came out together and was uniformly delicious. One person in our party needed something special, and it was accommodated easily. The wine was lovely, and the server attentive. It was quiet enough so we could talk without hearing others or feeling we could be heard. Just a perfect evening.
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.
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!