Viale

4.5
598 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
103 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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SA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch in boston

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and considerate service. The space is pleasant too!

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J
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Great oysters, nice Muscadet, good service. Great ambiance, only thing is that is a bit noisy. But overall perfect!

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EW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Viale! Such a great place to meet friends for drinks and dinner. Will be back again soon.

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P
New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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F
New England
34 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atomosphere and reasonably priced for how wonderful the food was. Lots of gluten free options!

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EG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but the cocktails were terrible.

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BK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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MP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best of Cambridge! Hands on owners provide wonderful food...a sophisticated cocktail menu...and the staff are all great.

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GF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but limited menu

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TS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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m
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a great time
good food
good ambiance
good service
what more is there to say? oh we will be back. and we appreciate the connection with the local central square theater.

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JJ
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional! The beets, gnocchi and cod were out of this world.

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IE
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience with ample light. Delicious food — I highly recommend the flat iron steak dish!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

nice food maybe a little pricey given plate sizes - overall pretty good

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Been here 20x and keep coming bacn

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SO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Consistently good food with exceptional service. Can't go wrong with Viale.

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J
New England
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my time there immensely!

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J
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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MF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Viale is a terrific neighborhood restaurant in Central Square with wonderful food and great service. We are regulars.

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SS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Gnocchi is very good. Chicken is fantastic. Hostess was fine, but didn't smile. Parking is awful in that area.

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G
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good main dish (salmon). Soup was OK. Felt that pricing was high relative to portions we received for our lunch.

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ML
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit for me and very good experience
Steve provided outstanding service
Great happy hours oysters
Meatballs also excellent
All very good

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Denver
29 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
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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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
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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