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Chiara Bistro
Chiara Bistro

Chiara Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarabistro.com
  • Phone: (781) 461-8118
  • Hours of Operation: Sun: Lounge & Bar Menu 4:30-8:30 pm

    Full Dinner Menu 5:30-8:30pm
    Tue-Thur: Lounge & Bar menu 4:30-10:00 pm

    Full Dinner Menu 5:30- 9:00 pm

    Fri-Sat: Lounge & Bar Menu 4:30-11:00 pm

    Full Dinner Menu 5:30-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary French, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Steve LaCount, AAC
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chiara is available for daytime events including meetings, showers, bereavement gatherings and luncheons; our team is also available for catering events in your home.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please check our website: www.chiarabistro.com for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barlow Lane
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: front, side and back of restaurant
A word from Chiara Bistro
Chiara is downtown dining in the suburbs. Conveniently located just 1.5 miles off exit 16B Rte. 128 on Rte. 109 in Westwood. Chiara offers outstanding seasonal selections of authentic Italian, French, Spanish and other Mediterranean cuisines. An excellent selection of unusual wines are offered along with a highly creative menu of seasonal cocktails. www.chiarabistro.comContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "We always love Chiara Bistro, and our last visit was no exception. The menu has a wide variety of choices, and each dish has its own special character. I had the gazpacho and ravioli, and was in heaven!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I can see why this charming restaurant would be a favorite and so highly rated. However, our experience was a little different and maybe that was due it being July 3. I watched our drinks ready at the bar for quite some time before our waiter walked over and looked at them and the slip and walked away. Later rather than sooner someone noticed they'd been sitting there for quite a while (like ice melting time) and brought them over. The calamari had a nice flavor but a little greasy. The baked stuffed lobster was so greasy with butter and basically crackers with a small side of lobster. Husband's fish was just good. The waiter again had problems with getting a glass of wine to the table before we were nearly finished. Won't be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Chiara is consistently excellent, and my last visit with three other individuals was no exception. The menu is creative with many appealing options. All enjoyed their appetizer and dinner choices and rated the food wonderful. We hope to return again soon!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My husband brought me here for my birthday dinner - we had drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. The service was excellent and the food was beyond delicious. We will definitely return for another special occasion."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Chiara, with attentive service. We started with appetizers--my partner got the fried clams which were a bit greasier than we like but good nonetheless. I got the lobster slider, which was outstanding. The lobster was very fresh and flavorful and the presentation was beautiful. I then got the Artic char, which came with a pea risotto--excellent. My partner got the striped bass and said it was wonderful. The only item which was not quite up to the quality of the rest of the meal was the dessert we shared--it was listed as a chocolate chiffon cake but was much denser than expected and not what I would consider anything special. However, overall I thought the meal was wonderful and I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Chiara is fabulous, I am not sure there is any other way to describe it. My mother came in from out of town so she and I went here on Friday. We enjoyed it so much we brought my husband here on Sunday. The cocktails are refreshing, the appetizers mouth watering, and the entrees- I haven't words left. My husband said "if we could afford it, I'd come here every week." Just go there!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner here after a wine tasting that the restaurant sponsored, which in itself is always fun and informative. I had the grilled shrimp served in a salad and it was scrumptious. The shrimp had been blackened just the right amount. My husband had one of the evening specials which was duck and he thought it was delicious. ALWAYS has an interesting menu and never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Consistently good food, wine and specialty cocktails, attentive service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our third visit. The food remains outstanding with friendly and helpful wait staff. The menu has something for all. Menu pricing is fair and consistent with high quality food, well-prepared. The wine list is very good with fairly-priced bottles. We enjoy returning..."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have been been to Chiara several times and it never disappoints. The food is amazing, the service is spot on and very friendly. The bar area was recently updated which makes more inviting to meet friends for a drink. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Chiara is one of the places that you can always count on. The menu is creative for foodies but there's "safe" items for conservative diners. The food is always first rate. The preparation is first rate. The service is professional. And the ambience is appropriate. The acoustics are sufficient to mask a loud group in the bar area. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I love this place! Small and intimate, Chiara has a great vibe with an outstanding wine and cocktail list. The service is always good...the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Did I mention the food? Apps, Small Plates and great Entrees. I love Chiara!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Chiara has a relaxed, casual atmosphere. It was easy to hold a conversation. The menu was also inviting. We found a number of dishes we would have ordered. The owner was at the desk when we left and introduced himself to us - a nice touch."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is an update from my review on 7/27/13. Took us a while, but we finally made it back to Chiara. The food remains great, and I was happy that the service this time around was much more attentive. Overall speed/flow of the meal was much improved. We will return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I wanted to celebrate my mother's visit from Belgium with a remarkable dinner experience. Chiara Bistro was the excellent choice: delicious prepared plates in a cosy setting. We absolutely enjoyed the special of the day: duck. The chocolate cake was one to remember!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food, ambiance and service were notable. I enjoyed a leisurely dinner with my sister in an atmosphere that had great energy. Our waiter was friendly and funny but unobtrusive when we wanted to just linger and talk. The food was beautifully presented and uniquely flavorful. I was sorry I didn't have room for dessert!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We ended up sitting near the bars, Chiara has greatly expanded its bar menu - the calamari, the gnocchi & meatballs are great to share with a small group. The cocktails are fantastic ..try the lemon martini. The service was great, unlike other restaurants, they let you linger and enjoy the food. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We arrived on time for our reservation, and the restaurant was not very crowded. Hostess was talking with a server at the host stand. Both looked at us as we entered but neither acknowledged our presence. After a few minutes, another server said someone would be right with us. More waiting. Hostess came over and we gave her our name. As she grabbed the menus, she chatted with a bartender. Walked to our table without speaking to us. Server was good at first, food came out quickly and as ordered. When we declined dessert and he cleared our plates, no check for ten minutes. We asked for the check. He left and came back without it, going to every table but ours. Long story short, paying our bill took 20 mins after food was cleared. Wont return."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Chiara is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and when guests come to visit. This recent dinner was, I think, our best one yet. The duck confit wontons were perfect and the lamb lollichop pleased the guests. They thought lamb could not be better until the rack of lamb special arrived and it delivered. I had the organic pork porterhouse steak and I don't think I've had a better entree at Chiara. Desserts and coffee topped off a great meal. They sat us at the back so noise level was lower than normal. We'll be back soon, and I'm happy to see the pork porterhouse on the regular menu. Steve was his usual gracious self with a visit to our table."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "the food was very good. The service was okay. The only negative would be the amount of wine in a glass. Other restaurants give a larger amount for the same price."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have lived in a neighboring town for 10 years, and just found this place on Open Table. Great find! We had dinner on a Friday with a couple of friends and the food was great. We ordered the Arctic Char and the Monkfish. Both dishes were prepared to perfection with great presentation. As a appetizer, we had the calamari and mussels. both were great starters to the meal. Food was reasonably priced for the quality. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised that the owner personally greeted us. The staff was polite and attentive. The food was delicious and fairly priced. We will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Hard to imagine why this restaurant is so highly regarded. Food was definitely so-so and the drinks pretty much the same. It's in a glorified strip mall. Calamari appetizer was the high point. The steak was gristly, the fries unimpressive, and the "pork porterhouse" was served sitting in a puddle of runny creamed corn. Was it supposed to be a sauce, or was it a vegetable? The accompanying onion rings, damp and flavorless, had us wishing for something better, like from almost any fast-food joint. The creme brulee tasted good, at least, although it was also notably runny. But the flavor almost redeemed what was a meal not to be remembered. The servers were attentive."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great hidden gem. The food is always consistently good and I do love it when they are on Boston's restaurant week too! My husband started with the onion soup which is always a classic. Both of us ordered the pork porterhouse chop and it was delicious! I do have to say there is a male server there who does not smile and doesn't really make you feel welcome. When my husband asked what the specials were, he said "They are over there on that sheet." When we asked about a Pinot Noir that was on their list, he said "I don't know I haven't tried it." Although he did let me try a sip first before we ordered our wine, I thought it was odd he knew nothing about it. Overall I love this place but that server is not my fav."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "As always, we had a great meal at Chiara Bistro. We were there with some friends and unlike past visits we were only looking for an entrée and a chance to relax and visit. I had the Grilled Shrimp salad - 6 very large grilled shrimp, with peaches (not very ripe but it is April, after all), avocado, and assorted other goodies. The asparagus was missing but otherwise quite good. We also had the two fish dishes - well cooked and quite tasty, and the special venison which was quite good. Service was slow that night, but I must say that is unusual for this bistro. We didn't really mind because we were really looking to hang out and visit, and we had a good chance to do that. I will continue to go back to this spot on a regular basis."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It's a familiar routine in our household- a birthday or other event is celebrated at Chiara. Last night did not disappointment when I took my husband out to dinner. Today, we repeated the mantra, "boy, I love that place". Great service by the hostess and the very nice waitstaff. Menu completely revised with springtime and greens evident. For apps, I had the light mushroom arancini, an innovation on the usual tomato based version, and husband had his favorite lamb meatballs with olives. My dinner was the spring asparagus salad, his choice was sirloin. We both devoured the skinny green beans. Instead of cake, he had the creme brulee, with flawless crunchy top. My rhubarb/orange biscuit was sweet and tangy, an imaginative finish. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Ive been to chiara so many times and its consistently great. The food is the best in the area, the staff is so fun and friendy. We always bump into friends here and always agree its the best spot around. Cozy and delish, love this place."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal there. Every good with my food allergy in that they take it into account and still make a great tasting dish. Sign of a great chef"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I went to Chiara with three friends for the first time. I found it to be a great experience. One of our party was wheelchair confined. The restaurant was accessible and we were seated immediately at a table which easily accommodated her wheelchair. Our waiter was terrific! Many good recommendations, great sense of humor, helped to make the experience more fun. The food was great! The scallop special was yummy and perfectly cooked. I skipped dessert but my friends gave it rave reviews. The only down side was a VERY noisy party of 6 which were seated right next to us about halfway through our meal. They were so loud that we could no longer easily communicate with each other. Not the restaurant's fault, but it did sort of dampen our enjoyment."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was our first time to Chiara and it won't be our last. Food was salty but very good, service was friendly and spacious,"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I thought the service was good...kind of on the slow side but waiter was very nice and did all the right things. As far as the food goes, it was loaded in grease. Our calamari appetizer was by far the worst calamari that I have ever tried. I would have sent it back but my husband is too nice. It was swimming a bowl of grease, was over fried and tasted really bad. I also ordered the salmon for dinner, which was a very nice piece of fish but was set atop a yogurt sauce that completely overpowered the whole dish. My side of kale was also swimming in oil. My husband got the mushroom ravioli and he thought is was ok. Chocolate mousse dessert was mediocre. Very expensive for the quality of food. Would not return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went to Chiara during Dine out Boston week. Menu was choices were good. It was a bit confusing because we thought we could choose a three course meal and dessert but it was a two course meal and a dessert option. Food portion was just right. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Warm, friendly and inviting.seated by the executive chef who was very personable and welcoming. He came back , chatted about wines and paring. Waiter knowledgeable about menu and aimed to please. Food selections excellent and delicious. Couldn't have had a better time. This was our second visit and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My request for NOT sitting near the kitchen was ignored. There were only two other tables closer........It was very noisy since it was such an open space where we were seated. The people were very nice and gave attention to my cast on my right arm. I will only go again if I am seated NOT near the kitchen."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We go here often and it is always excellent! The food is the best in our area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As usual, it was a delightful experience; a bit noisy for the four (4) of us, but that is to be expected on a wintry Restaurant Week Friday night. But, as usual, it was a delightful evening at Chiara's... Managing and operating a top rate restaurant is a demanding business with many types of people to please, but Chiara's is done with a talented and attentive staff and most importantly with an excellent Chef and kitchen team...Dave"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Chiara, so I hate to write a negative review. However, my wife and I went there this past Friday evening with another couple. We were seated at our reserved time and placed our order relatively quickly. Once our waitress put in our order, we rarely saw her for the rest of the evening. After waiting over 45 minutes for our main courses to arrive, we asked our waitress if our food would be coming soon. Her response was "yes, your dinners will be coming soon" in an extremely condescending and sarcastic manner. No apologies, no recognition that the kitchen was backed up. Frankly, it ruined what could have been an excellent dining experience for all of us."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Based on our 1st visit, we went back to try some other items on the menu. Great, wonderful, delicious! We're sure now, after only 2 visits we know this is one of our few favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love the classy but informal atmosphere of Chiara Bistro. We live five minutes from our neighborhood gem. The atmosphere is friendly and there is a little lounge with soft chairs and couches in front of a fireplace to have drinks and hors d'oeuvres or a light dinner. The bar is always a busy friendly scene. The food is always delicious and artistically presented. The wait staff is professional and friendly. Chef creates each dish with love and respect for the food and diners. Chiara has free and upscale wine tastings about once a month. The wines are excellent and the hors d'oeuvres are gourmet, salamis, fancy cheeses, dried fruits and olives accompany the wines. Sign up to receive reminders for their wine tastings and other events!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I was disappointed with the service. Extremely slow. Both the food was backed up in the kitchen and the waitress was inattentive. I had the cod entree. It tasted reheated and not fresh. I mean it was fine, but i don't spend that much money on food often and it was not worth the price. (I went during restaurant week, so i suppose it would normally be less crowded, have better service, and have the food under a heat lamp)"
    Dined on 3/19/2014