Chiara Bistro
Chiara Bistro

Chiara Bistro

  • 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
    Out Door Dining 4:30 - 11:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Steve LaCount, AAC
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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: Please check our website: www.chiarabistro.com for special events.
    Wine Wednesday, the third Wednesday of the month 6 - 8 pm (Free)
    If no reservations are available on line please call: 781-461-8118

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barlow Lane
  • Public Transit: None
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: front, side and back of restaurant
A word from Chiara Bistro
If there is no reservation available, please call: 781-461-8118
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.com
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Chiara Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (63)special occasion (46)romantic (29)notable wine list (25)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Definitely going back!!!
    luv2goout
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We have been here several times. The food is always fresh and delicious. I have my favorite dishes but decided to try something different this time. The scallops were the best I ever had. In fact, everything we ordered was great. The restaurants' ambience is warm and inviting, the service is outstanding and the staff is very friendly. Definitely go early and sip drinks at the bar or sit in front of the fireplace....... it's a lovely spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Juliamo
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great find, showed up early for our reservation and didn't want to wait an hour so we ate at a high top. They are way to close together and didn't like the stools had no back. Food was amazing but won't sit in the bar area again too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    MelissaB
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Although we had to wait a bit, even with reservation, it was well worth it. Our waitress was terrific along with the appetizers and main dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyeatingout
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Nice service. Food was very good. We had an enjoyable evening. I would go back and would definitely recommend this restaurant. Easy parking. A downtown restaurant yet without all the fuss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great asset for Westwood & area
    Hans
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Sooooo glad Chiara came to our neighborhood a few years ago. Always good food and great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Experience
    Paul
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My wife and I have visited Chiara a number of times, including special occasions. We really enjoy the atmosphere and have had consistently great food and terrific service. On our last visit with friends we had burgers, scallops and a steak. Again, each dish was delicious and service was top notch. We highly recommend Chiara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice local eatery, but . . .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We've eaten here any number of times, and it's generally a nice local spot. This mid-week night however, it wasn't particularly busy but the service, while pleasant as always, was very slow: a kitchen issue we suspect (steaks were overdone, for instance), but the kind of thing that leaves you wondering if you could just as easily spend that much money elsewhere. It's not pricey (for Boston area), but it's not inexpensive either. Unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal
    PaulF
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The dinners were duck breast (2 of us) and scallops (1) done superbly. The 2012 Domaine Drouhin pinot was also excellent and on Sunday, relatively quiet dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • auntieshar
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nicely accomodated our reservation of 2 changing to 4 at the last minute. Fireplace in waiting area provides atmosphere. Delicious everytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shoshy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent experience. Good food and atmosphere. We asked for low salt food and were served as asked. As always, we enjoyed the night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wine dinner
    anon
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    this was a wine dinner, and chef steve is remarkable in the pairing of the food and wine. i tend to save a taste of wine from each course to try with the next course, and his pairings are better. this place is a gem, from wine dinners to burgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, but slow up front
    StevieChuck
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Chiara Bistro is can't miss for it's select menu which, when it arrives, is beautifully presented and delicious. With good friends the evening passes delightfully. Front-end pacing, however, is an issue in my opinion. We had to wait too long for initial service. Cocktails were unnecessarily delayed, as was the bread basket. All of which was (almost) forgotten when the appetizers, and then, dinner, arrived and Chiara showed its real strengths.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spontaneous Sunday
    winnereverydinner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    On a whim, called up the folks at Chiara and asked if they had room for a 5. They did, took the fam and, as I would have expected, everything was great. A few cocktails, nice wine, great food and I was home in time to watch Sunday night football and call it a weekend! Might have to go back next Sunday?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    BelgiumVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a delicious dinner my wife and I had last Saturday in one of our favorite restaurants! The different flavors are perfectly combined, nicely outside the regular comfort zone. We enjoyed this dinner very much, which is not a surprise anymore. High level consistency is the magic word.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome home from college
    ReturnDinerWFriends
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I remember the first time we took our now 20 year old son to Chiara's, coaxing him with promises that he did not have to wear a suit jacket, that the food was terrific and normal, and it was not a fancy place like in a movie. That was then, hilarious to recount, and this is now when we head to our favorite restaurant whenever he returns for a visit. For mom, arctic char, for son and husband... burgers, why not!. We splurged on pumpkin creme brulee and chocolate zucotta. Service was flawless from the friendly greeting by Michele, Steve, Bill, the waitress and new busboy/man Matt. The place was buzzing on a Saturday night and we loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Packerdinner
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Very good food, wine and service. Interior space has a lot of hard surfaces making the environment a bit noisy. A bit pricey so not for everyday dining. I save this restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable Chiara
    TMcD
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I went to Chiara to celebrate her b-day. We arrived ahead of our reservation, so that we could relax with a cocktail in the bar area. The seasonal cocktails were unique and very enjoyable. One thing that gave me pause was an appetizer menu item being unavailable, at 7p on a Saturday night. However the server suggested an alternate from the evening’s specials, that was excellent. Once seated, the level of service and food matched our (admittedly high) expectations. Our waiter, Henry, was attentive without being intrusive and very knowledgeable about the menu and pairing of wines. The food was outstanding and I am very happy to have this local gem so close by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    About my 8th time dining at Chiara. Service needs to improve. Waitress walked by our table at least a dozen times without stopping to ask if we needed anything (and she was not swamped with other tables). It took 25 minutes from the time our plates were cleared until we were offered dessert or the check. Unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Really excellent food, wonderful environment and owner really friendly. Waitstaff not super cordial, but excellent and efficient. We will be back (again)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Suburban Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Reservations advised. Lovely staff from Hostess through wait staff; attentive, upbeat and knowledgeable of menu Menu small but offerings excellent and varied. Moderate price. We went for our anniversary and they brought us a complimentary bon-bon plate for desert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chiefwizard
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was truely suberb as usual! We've been coming there since they opened 9 years ago atleast 4 times a year
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BobT
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This neighborhood gem restaurant continues to impress us with the thoughtful preparation, presentation, and deliciously creative combinations of entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chiara is a gem
    Chiara
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great experience for a special dinner. Food was sooooo tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Kate
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went with a friend. Wonderful meal. The staff was attentive. We did take our time and talked, did not feel rushed. Always a pleasure to dine at Chiara Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner
    food4meVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Chiara is by far our favorite restaurant. This time we had a prix fixe menu, with lots of delicious choices and a bottle of wine included. The chicken breast was the best I've had. Excellent, friendly service, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chiara is one of our favorite restaurants. We were first there at one of our first dates and since then it has become our restaurant of choice whether we plan a romantic outing or just have dinner. The restaurant has never failed our expectations and the owners and the staff have never failed to deliver the food and service that meet our highest expectations. Chiara is a gem that we cherish and will continue to cherish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wezie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    took friends for their first visit. They loved it, as we always do when we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server not helpful
    Lainey
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Server gave 5 of us 2 of the specials menus. It was for barbecue which none of us wanted. After we ordered, I saw that the back of the specials menu had Price fixed dinners plus wine for $38/58. I asked server " why didn't you tell us?". He said "the menu is too confusing with all of those choices"!! This was very annoying, since we had same food as on price fixed. Server made no effort to combine our orders into that menu, even though 4 of our entrees were specials. I left feeling that we had greatly overpaid for what should have been the fixed price menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tried Chiara for the first time for a birthday celebration and was happy with the choice. Great food, nice setting and terrific service. I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Dindin
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Halibut and pork tenderloin were great. The spinach salad was awesome and the steak tartare was tasty, as well. The mussels were fresh, but the sauce was unremarkable. All in all a great experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine Tasting before dinner
    AnnacabanaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We are regulars at Chiara Bistro, so we decided to attend the wine tasting then dine on Wednesday. I always order the spinach salad with a perfect egg and lardons. The wine selections are varied and we loved the wine at the tasting, so the chef scored a bottle (not on the wine list) for us to enjoy with our dinner. From my calamari to my husband's Steak Tartare, all was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food a bit pricey
    billVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were seated promptly. It was very cold. the AC was blasting. Server brought a throw over for my daughter and it was explained that it gets hot in the restaurant and the AC circulation poor. Asked the waitress for some details about 2 wines and we chose a very good bottle (mid priced). Waitress was excellent. The servers were a bit overzealous, returning to fill water glasses after only a few sips so kind of bothersome. the food for the most part was very good. Steak dish, scallop dish and burger all very good including sides. Shrimps in the salad tasted chemically and while edible wasn't terribly pleasant (let waitress know). deserts were good. over $200+ tip for 4 entrees, 2 deserts and a very good mid price wine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Best Best Wonderful
    good
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were sat very promptly with an ever so friendly hostess at the perfect table facing the open Kitchen ! Greeted by the server who was outstanding and not overly friendly at same time. Amazing and exciting wine and cocktail list, my guest had calamari perfectly cooked and I had the french onion soup delightful. I had the scallops for my entree, recommended by our excellent waiter!! I don't know how they do it but they were the best I have ever tasted, cooked to perfection served over a cucumber cous cous. The owner and his wife came by our table to check in on our dinner which was a great touch and something you don't see a lot of anymore. Keep up the great work Chiara, I will let all my friends know about this wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef understands flavors
    fsteeleVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This bistro is not run of the mill. The food and ingredients are excellent and evince the care and preparation needed to meld flavors properly. Friendly staff and quiet atmosphere, something that is rare today but essential to a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Dinner
    WestwoodMaxine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    When we sat down, they gave us two different menus - one was out of date and they had forgotten to check their menu stock. I chose the pork porterhouse and although the meat was tender, it had very little flavor - pork is bland to begin with and needs something tangy to set it off. It was served on top of creamed corn - not the best combination! This is an expensive restaurant and I would have preferred a healthier side dish than the creamed corn. My companion chose the scallops which she said were quite good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    EssenGadenk
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my first time at Chiara Bistro. It was amazing. The food and service were extraordinary. I had the lollichop appetizer which was the best lamb chop I have ever eaten. The angus beef burger was delicious and the sea salt and horseradish fries were out of this world. I can't wait to go back again. Everyone, including the owner, was welcoming, professional and pleasant--everyone making sure that we had a positive experience. What a find!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1diningdancer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was excellent. Staff was courteous, waiter was attentive. There were many entrees to choose from, and the food was attractively arranged and absolutely delicious. I have been dining at Chiara Bistro ever since it was recommended to me several years ago, and every meal has been a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1173 reviews are from the Chiara Bistro reviews archive.
  • Yum
    Mangiare
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Set in the suburbs and a a great menu. Homemade and fresh ingredients. Friendly and welcoming staff and vibe. Great place to try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    Foodoodle
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service was terrible and the restuarant did not care . Worst service I have had in a decade
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • adventurousdinersVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The hostess was unfriendly and we did not feel welcome until the young man delivering the bread warmly welcomed us. Our server was very kind and picked up on the fact that we were not in a hurry and did not wished to be rushed through the meal. His timing was very good. The food was presented nicely and was good, but lacked flavor. For instance, the mussels' broth was lacking garlic or something. The mussels were cooked perfectly, but the broth lacked flavor. The striped bass had the same issue. The grilled shrimp salad was very good. The shrimp were large, grilled well, and had a nice kick. I wish the salad had more than a few strands of pickled onion and they left out the avocado. We'd give it another try if in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate