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Chiara Bistro
Chiara Bistro

Chiara Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarabistro.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "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
  • "As always, the food and the service was awesome. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a unique dining experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Chiara is a very comfortable, welcoming spot. It was clear that on a Tuesday night it was the place to be for the local crowd. The bartender even seemed to know what drink people wanted before it was ordered. The hostess was very gracious, the service excellent, and the food eclecticly unique; very creative and memorable."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great food! Wonderful atmosphere! An enjoyable evening after a stressful day!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have always loved the ambiance and drinks here. Food seems to have gone downhill- service this time was very disappointing. Very inattentive, waited a long time for food and some embarrassing moments with service. We. Hope it improves as we love the location, drinks and ambiance."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Chiara has fantastic food and that's what keeps us coming back. The service however is always subpar. We are NEVER acknowledged right away. When the hostess finally moves on to us, we are greeted and seated in a cold robotic way. Service was poor all night - I had to beg for a second glass of wine and our dessert arrived and sat for 5 mins because we had no silverware! And this service experience is similar to the last three times we've been. However, food was outstanding. Duxbury oysters, shrimp salad, pumpkin gnocchi and steak frites are all perfect. This place is already somewhat of a local hotspot but their service levels are holding them back. Get that together and you'll have a top notch restaurant with no reservations to be had!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great, I mean GREAT, neighborhood restaurant. I've dined here several times & it is consistenty excellent. Starting with the bar, they have some very creative gin, vodka, & whiskey infusions to either drink straight up or in cocktails. They also have a solid craft beer line-up. Food quality is tremendous. Cuisine is Contemporary Classic American. Many dishes start with a traditional base, which the chef modifies into a deliciously complex dish. Appetizer of pumpkin gnocchi with pork confit was perfect. French Onion Soup was well executed, with a refreshing sweetness. Monkfish entree special was outstanding. Pan Seared Scottish Salmon off the menu was also excellent. Chevre Cheescake is my go to dessert for its texture and tangy bite."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Relatively small menu for food artfully prepared with great attention to detail, flavor, and diversity. This was our second visit and we were very pleased with both dining experiences. Excellent wait staff. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our food was great, our waiter was fantastic, the place was hopping'. Only two things kept me from upping my stars. The bartender seemed overwhelmed (very slow to get a simple glass of wine and to return change), and the noise level."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We visited Chiara for my husband's birthday. After we placed our order, we never saw our server again. I had to ask the busboy twice for our check."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have never had a bad dinner at Chiara's. The food is always delicious and well presented. I gave the wait staff four stars since our waiter seemed anxious for us to leave and didn't offer to refill our coffee."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. Attentive not overbearing service. Enough background noise to make it feel fun and lively without being intrusive."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. Food was good and good value although the menu is limited"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "A real discovery. The owner was present at all times overseeing food preparation, service and presentation. The food is terrific!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "RESPECT! Excellent, superb, sublime. Strong involvement from the owners/management."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have a yearly dinner with special friends. I always pick the restaurant and this years choice, Chiara Bistro, was one of the best I've made. The service was excellent, the food outstanding and the attention paid to us by the owner and his wife was greatly appreciated. It will be on our list of favorites to dine at in the future"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Friendly staff.Knowledgeable staff.Relaxing atmosphere.Hidden gem! Delucious everytime, every dish, every app, every sip!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The 15th was supposed to be a miserable evening so a reservation opened up which we were pleased to get. Our waiter made the meal extra special with his great service and checking to see if the all inclusive dinner special could be served as an entre' only. I am so glad they did, the special presentation of Sea Bass was not to be missed. It was an excellent meal and the wines he chose for each of our meals when beautifully."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went here for Valentine's Day 2014. Very attentive and polite servers. Special Sweetheart menu included choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The food was very flavorful and diverse. Great combinations of spices!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "During the greater Boston snow period Chiara's served its usual fine food. The fireplace and bar scene were a delightful location to wait for our reservation to popup. Even the owner's were working to assist the staff during the snow period on a Sunday evening. Server staff or maybe the kitchen were slow, but we waited a little over 20 minutes from ordering time before our food finally arrived; plus, I had to track down the server to ask for an additional drink for the other person at our table...but, it was the nicely prepared food we are used to at Chiara's. Dave"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The place was packed; despite reservations we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated. Service was good but it took a long time for our entrees to arrive. The dish our waiter recommended (pork shank) wasn't that inspiring--it was a bit dry, not particularly flavorful. My husband was disappointed in the salmon, too--said it has crispy skin but otherwise undercooked. In watching the kitchen it appeared that they were overwhelmed. We have had enjoyable meals at Chiara and will go again, but were disappointed this time."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food at Chiara is wonderful, with many choices for all palates. Hospitality is wonderful; Allie was a great server and Chef/Owner Steve is a terrific host, always making his guests feel welcome. This was a special birthday evening for my two friends and Steve made it extra special."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have eaten here before enjoying the food , atmosphere & attention by the staff . The room is on the smaller size, cozy with comfortable couches around a fireplace, an active bar and a few bar tables . It also has an open kitchen. I loved the shrimp risotto appetizer with smoked bacon added,-wish I had that as an entree as the duck was slightly undercooked and bland. The calamari was crispy , flavorful. Others loved the pork shank. The steak which came with alot of fancy, crispy, thin fries. Sadly this visit on a Sun. left alot to be desired re: service. The waiter didn't come back to check on the food once it was served, didn't come over to finish serving the wine once it was initially poured and tried to remove our plates too quickly!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We are generally quite happy at Chiara. However, the restaurant was very crowded and the hostess desk was very disorganized. We were told we had a ten minute wait while at the time, there was an empty table near the entrance/bar area. After fifteen minutes, the hostess decided to sit us at this open table, even though she could have seated us there immediately. The waiter was nice, but we could hardly understand him. Since the restaurant was so crowded, the service was extremely slow. He came over to apologize for the delay and then brought us a few homemade potato chips and dip. It took about an hour to get our entree. The waiter apologized again, but then did not return to ask us how the food was until after we had finished the entree."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The owner was fantastic. We waited a 1/2 hr. beyond our 7;45 reservation on Sat. and bought us drinks. It was nice that he cared the woman at the front desk could of cared less. We were seated at a lovely table and enjoyed our wine! I had to ask twice for a little olive oil for our bread. A hint of the ineptitude to come! I ordered duck and my husband, the sea bass. The waiter never asked how I wanted the duck prepared. (a given) I expected that the chef would prepare it as duck should be prepared. Pink, with crispy skin. My duck was gray, soggy skin. It sat on over cooked greens and mushy sweet potato something. No one came to ask us how our food was and I would have told them and maybe this review would have changed. Sea Bass, just, O.K."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We would return to Chiara as the duck breast was excellent and to request a quiet seat. This is a lively place with a very active bar scene on Saturday nights. It appears to us they installed more sound-proofing but Saturdays it's still noisy. As we had an early reservation, we were less effected by the noise. I would recommend this place during the week rather than weekend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It took a while to get seated,although we had reservations, but the owners went above and beyond to make sure we received VIP service to compensate for our wait. The food was outstanding. We will certainly return and recommend it to all our friends."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Chiara's is a charming Mediterranean Bistro near Westwood center serving a modest array of delicious entrees. My wife opted for the Scottish Salmon and I had the Braised Pork. Both were expertly prepared and well presented by an attentive wait staff. The portions are quite generous. We have been to Chiara's several times and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Our server never came over at the beginning sent a busboy to get our drink order. One meal came out to rare had to send back. Menu was limited."
    Dined on 2/1/2014