Perfect go-to bistro/barChiara is our favorite -- we live about 15 minutes away and choose it over Boston whenever we can -- this restaurant would successfully compete with the better ones in the city anyway. They accomplish very consistent execution of an intriguing, seasonally changing menu, and have a great wine list on which the staff provides very competent advice (also an extensive cocktail menu with changing creative cocktail specials). Service is just right, friendly and attentive but unobtrusive. Atmosphere is lively with the open kitchen and active bar area (where you can be seated for dinner).5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect anniversary spotMy husband and I wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary a) without our kids and b) with a romantic dinner and Chiara was the perfect spot. Everything we ate - from the appetizers to the entrees to dessert - was excellent. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful without being pushy at all. We loved the feel of the restaurant (it's not a huge place but because of the layout, it feels very intimate) and it was not at all noisy. We will definitely be back soon!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful evening....and veryWonderful evening....and very much liked our waitress. We really lingered over our meal and were treated with great respect even in a busy restaurant. I mention our lingering because perhaps that affected our end of evening service. It was ok to sit and wait, but when you've finished your dessert and are just sitting there with only a couple tables occupied it would have been nice to have been checked in on, especially since it was pretty late.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband said he could eatMy husband said he could eat the steak tartar appetizer for a meal it was so good. The duck was fantastic and making their own sorbet is genius. I had the coconut sorbet and it was creamy and delicious.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe dined here on a FridayWe dined here on a Friday night in chilly April. The restaurant is a nice big room with brighter and darker areas, an open kitchen and simple but elegant décor. The menu was interesting and a welcome change to the usual neighbourhood restaurants. Staff were polite and friendly although there were times when we were looking for our waitress. The bass was very good but the duck entrée was overcooked and dry which was a particular shame as it came recommended by our server. Breads were extremely good.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe dining room was very brightThe dining room was very bright and loud. But the food and service were excellent, great wine and drink list.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful restaurant in theWonderful restaurant in the quaint town of Westwood. The food and drinks were excellent and our server was great. The only concern was the staff at Chiara did not read our request in special notes when the reservation was made. We requested a table for 4 and specifically said not a booth because 2 or our 4 guests were large individuals. When we were taken to our table at 8:45p.m.(for an 8:30 reservation) we were given a table with two chairs and a side booth. This made it ackward for both couples. Rather than cause a scene we accepted the table. However, I think the staff should have realized this would be a problem based on the discrete notes in the reservation.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, we had a greatAs always, we had a great evening. The strawberry basil margarita was a little watery, but otherwise good. My favorite drink here is the Blood Orange cosmo but it was not on the menu this time. My husband had the gnocchi with corn and it was AMAZING.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOur Easter meal was amazing.Our Easter meal was amazing. Our taste buds had experiences it never had before. Thank you Open table for another great restraunt we could experience, with convenience to reserve a table on this special holiday.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAll about the food.Great food and service. Well stocked bar with a decent wine list.. Chiara Bistro has become one of our favorite restaurants.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience, veryGreat dining experience, very consistent menu items and service..3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I love this localMy wife and I love this local restaurant. The food is consistently very good. We especially liked the warm Brie appetizer and the chicken entree.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMTables a good distance apart,Tables a good distance apart, not side by side like a lot of restaurants. great lighting, quiet, excellent service.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely best food my wifeAbsolutely best food my wife and I have had in a long time. The chef was extremely sociable, he visited the table when it was extremely crowded and still had the time to inquire about the food and chit chat for a second. The mixed drink my wife had was great, they have a smalll bar but it is great for a drink before you are seated.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe meal was delicious! OurThe meal was delicious! Our waitress was very attentive without being a pest. Had a very pleasant evening.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was Restaurant Week andThis was Restaurant Week and the offerings were really great. I had the Salmon which was outstanding. The French Onion Soup was okay not notable. I had two cocktails and the juice is not real juice but like a mix. I was disappointed will order wine next time. All in all I definitely will return to this restaurant.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe tried their 3 course restaurantWe tried their 3 course restaurant week menu which was excellent. Filling portions of scrumptious foods!!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMTo be highly recommendedTo be highly recommended though expensive , but worth it. Our second visit and our first opinion confirmed3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDowntown atmosphere in theDowntown atmosphere in the suburbs. Food presentation was as fine as any upscale city spot and the food equaled the presentation.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFood well prepared, creativeFood well prepared, creative dishes, something for every palate.
Crowded but with a reservation we (6 people) were taken right away.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMNoraAfter having driven by Chiara for 5 years, we decided to make reservations and try it out. Wow,I've been missing a great place for too long. Our table was ready when we arrived which is important to me. I had the grilled tomato and Parmesan salad. It didn't look like what I had expect when it arrived, but it was wonderful. Grilling the tomatoes made them very sweet and they were offset by a thick Parmesan dressing atop some fresh greens. For the entree, I asked our waitress for suggestions because there were so many choices I would have ordered. i had the pork chop, which was grilled perfectly and served with asparagus and potatoes au gratin. So delicious.. For dessert we split the chefs special which was a carrot cake with ice cream.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMOur experience at Chiara thisOur experience at Chiara this week was outstanding! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food and wine. The waitress was graciously accommodating to our special dietary needs and the chefs created a scrumptious vegan meal that had just the right blend of flavors and textures. It was a perfect meal, start to finish and we will certainly be back!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a fabulous New YearsWe had a fabulous New Years Eve meal here which we have done with another couple for the last 3 years. This time everything was done to perfection. We had a great table and although the place was packed, we were allowed to linger over our excellent meal as long as we wanted. The service was attentive and warm, but relaxed. We had a great time.12/31/2012 12:00:00 AM