Il Casale - Lexington

Il Casale - Lexington

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilcasalelexington.com/
  • Phone: 7815385846x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room 5-10pm
    Bar until 12pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Meter parking is available directly behind the restaurant in the public lot.
A word from Il Casale - Lexington
Located in the heart of Lexington Center, il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar is a restaurant from Chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Damian de Magistris and Filippo de Magistris. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar continues the story of il Casale Cucina Italiana that began in Belmont five years ago, but is a tour around the Campania region of Italy where the de Magistris family hails from.

il Casale Cucina Campana features an open kitchen clad with imported hand painted tiles from Vietri, classic Italian country furnishings made from reclaimed barn wood, and rustic metal ambient lighting pendants. A vintage map of the Campania region fills a floor to ceiling wall that is at the end of an 18 seat Carrara marble bar. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar celebrates the ties to family and the roots from which they come, and Chef Dante and his brothers Filippo and Damian welcome each and every guest as an extension of the de Magistris family.
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Il Casale - Lexington reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (96)fit for foodies (86)great for outdoor dining (54)special occasion (46)good for groups (40)notable wine list (32)vibrant bar scene (29)kid-friendly (25)romantic (21)hot spot (20)late-night find (10)great for lunch (10)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great spot with courteous service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had an important business dinner, so we hoped this restaurant would lend itself to a friendly, conversational atmosphere. We were placed in a table that was off by itself by the window. The waitress was very courteous and did a great job, making our experience easy and successful. Business dinners can be impacted if the restaurant, food or service is not up to par. I felt this was a perfect spot and convenient to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leonVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Do not mix it with absolutely great IL Casale in Belmont. Il Casale in Lexington is a reasonable and well managed restaurant - not for foodies or special occasions
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable night out
    ambiencecumgoodfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was delightful. Service (Hugo) was prompt and attentive. It could not have been more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall food disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Both my spouse and I were disappointed with our main entrees. My spouse had the pork ragu which instead of a pasta dish with ground meats in tomato sauce was pasta with a red sauce topped with 2 not very taste pork ribs. The tomato sauce tasted like a canned sauce and the ribs were over cooked and tasteless. My dish of clams over linguini was salty and the pasta was not al dente, but chewy. To the restaurant's credit they did take off the price of my spouse's entree when he noted his disappointment and did not eat most of the dish. We both did enjoy the bread and the simple salad and bruschetta were good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had high expectations for this restaurant, but found the menu limited, the food mediocre, and the service perfunctory.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Mdkanch
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was very good - especially liked the cauliflower. Service ok - also felt seating was too close to other tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jealousy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The open kitchen provides a nice view of the chefs cooking. The wine list is extensive. The food was very good. Service was friendly
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed..........Again
    tecrunnerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I tried to take a small group (4) to the new Il Casale in Lexington, in hopes it would redeem itself after a bad service experience in the Belmont location. I've loved Il Casale in Belmont up until recently, when both the food has slipped somewhat, and the service had become just bad (disjointed servers, being rushed through meals). Unfortunately, the same thing happened in Lexington, where it seemed our wait staff was pushing, pushing, PUSHING us through dinner. The new menu in Lexington very different than Belmont, and also disappointing, With all the other great dining options in and around Boston and MetroWest, Il Casale now officially moves into the "no repeat business" category. Very disappointing.
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  • Wonderful dining experience
    SweetTooth
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went here for a wedding anniversary dinner. The waiter was very attentive and the food was excellent! It was an all around lovely dining experience. The manager even came to our table with two glasses of port on the house to go with our dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Overlooked vegetables and pasta was not hot. Restaurant has deteriorated in quality since it first opened.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B-day party
    Jimmi13
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a reservation and were promptly seated - drinks were quickly taken and delivered. The menu items were few and there was only one special. We split the bruschetta which was very tasty. My wife had the clams and pasta which she loved, I had the lasagna which was tasty but burned on the edges. Service was quite nice and friendly, crowd was loud but not overly so - We will return again - wish for more options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian cuisine
    Tommaso
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There are many great Italian restaurants in the area, but Il Casale stands out because the food is so much like what one finds in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, flavorless food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went to Il Casale in Lexington on a Wednesday night with two friends and I really wanted the food to be good but it wasn't. The wine, the company and the service were all great, so it was a fun night out, but the food was flavorless, unimpressive, stingy on portion sizes and overall just bad. The prices are outrageous for what you get, and seriously, it is not good. I feel like the chef's culinary vision is lacking imagination.
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  • Top notch food and service
    WROXVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everything at Il Casale was wonderful, starting with the olive oil and the fabulous bread. The waiter was very helpful with wine selection and with the menu. We ordered the aqua pazza, a delicious combination of seafood in a delicate sauce. Every item in the dish was cooked perfectly. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We really wanted to like Il Casale. The server was warm, but not informed, which is forgivable, the poor food quality is not. I took my parents for their anniversary, and they were met at the table with glasses of sparkling wine, which was a lovely gesture. We then started with two of the small bites, the ricotta and the chicken liver, which were better than most everything else we ate afterwards. The best thing we ate was the fried "pizza", light fried dough with a central dollop of fresh tomato sauce and pieces of aged provolone and salami as accompaniments; it was solidly good. The other 6 dishes we had including meat, seafood and pasta were overcooked, under seasoned, and unremarkable. Go for a drink and small plates, skip dinner.
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  • 3rd time
    Gramadge
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have dined at Il Casale/Lexington three times now. I really like it. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful after a short wait. We shared 3 small bites and like the pate so much we had seconds. The small bites are small. Dinner was very good we did wait but good food takes time. I will go back yet again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough
    Shirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Il Casale is a pleasant place for a meal and the ambiance is also pleasant. The food is not much to write home about, but it's not terrible either. The food does not have that Italian sparkle, where you know every ingredient has been evaluated and honed to perfection. It's just stuff thrown together, but it's good enough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Loved it the first time. Disappointed in one of our three meals the second time. A little pricey for what you get. However, the manager took the price of the lasagna off of our bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sister restaurant in Belmont wins.
    BostonFoodie7VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great service. Solid food. Pricey. The menu execution is not as tasty in this new restaurant as their sister restaurant in Belmont. Huge improvements made since they opened, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    BritLoves2eat
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I went here for my mother-in-law's birthday. We had a range of appetizers and mix of pasta/entrees then dessert. I ate calamari to begin which was battered and fried - pretty standard but not rubbery. A nice touch was some battered fried lemon slices too. Lasagna for entree was good as most I've eaten in the Sicilian style? (ricotta on top, no bechemal). I wasn't too hungry for dessert but had a bite of a chocolate cake which didn't appear too Italian and tasted like alcohol - which wasn't great given the plan to split it with a 3-year old. Panna cotta was better. The wine menu looked reasonable but unfortunately didn't look (to me) to mention the wine variety - instead focussing on region. Not much use to a novice in Italian wines...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be careful where you sit.
    nothanksVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Even though the restaurant was about half full throughout the time we were there, we were seated by the hostess adjacent to a door that led opened to the outdoor table area of the restaurant. Every time wait staff went in or out, we were blasted with an exaggerated gust of wind first due to air pressure change from the AC, then due to the temperature differential with the outdoors. If they understood the conditions, I can't imagine why they would put a table there. Service was slow, dragging out the whole experience. Food was quite good once it came, but the conditions were so unpleasant we skipped coffee and dessert. The Belmont operation with the same name is far more pleasant.
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  • gluten-free friendly
    BobL
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Loved the gluten-free menu, and the many wonderful choices. The only thing missing is a gluten-free beer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golfnut
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was excellent and our waiter, Caleb, was most helpful and friendly. Looking forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than expected
    bugin
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    After the Globe panned Il Casale, we almost changed our reservations. Actually the food was very good; we chose both dishes the Globe liked like lasagna classico, and some they panned like the spinach lasagna with cheese, and experimented with the seafood stew. The eggplant was great. The flavorings were all excellent, the portion sizes reasonable and attractive. The service was attentive bordering on intrusive, maybe trying too hard after the review. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen was really slow
    RedBarnDiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The restaurant was half full and still it took about 45 minutes for us to get our entrees. The bruschetta was soggy but at least that and the bread gave us something to munch on while waiting. The staff was friendly but they didn't seem to have it together. The setting was pleasant and stylish.
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  • Good but overpriced
    SueSVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service was very good, our waitress was attentive and very helpful with menu choices. The food was good, not great, and overpriced for what you get, very small portions, no side dishes. I liked the atmosphere. At these prices we would only come back for special occasions, and there are other places we'd rather go if spending that much.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to Lex scene
    lslexington
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and wines; attentive service. Wonderful to have this addition to Lexington's restaurant list for a great dining option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Casale Lexington was OK
    kjohnsonVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant was OK. Service was slow, although waiters were very nice/helpful. The bar did not have a large selection of scotch or vodka. The food was OK. My pasta dish was burned around the edges. I know they want to differentiate Lexington from their Belmont restaurant, but I'd put on the menu some of the popular dishes from Belmont that people love (ie. their french fries and some of their pasta dishes!). The Lexington restaurant is still finding its way. As a big fan of Il Casale Belmont, I have one thought - why does Lexington need to have a different concept/menu than Belmont? Why not have them the same? It might be more successful!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Lucy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I have always loved the Belmont location and I was excited when they expanded into Lexington. They continued to deliver the delicate balance of family favorites (polpette de nonna) and interesting takes on Italian dishes. Love it and will be a regular now!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait Staff
    more2luv
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Our waiter was very friendly, helpful. With the food explanations, along with suggesting a wine for my wife, (which she enjoyed) We plan to visit as often as we can. Thank you. Keep up the great work!!!!
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    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was delicious and the overall restaurant was nice, but overpriced for what it was. It kind of ruined the dining experience. Paying $15 for a half portion of gnocchi was ridiculous. The price of the food should be less since unless you include the sides. All sides for main dishes are ala cart. You can't be fancy if your ambience is casual.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried a new restaurant
    localdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We think that it was overpriced for the quality of the food. The food was good but it wasn't great. Also, our group felt that the menu was somewhat limited in choices. However, the drinks (albeit expensive) and desserts were stupendous as was the side dish of cauliflower with truffle that we got.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Il Casale Lexington- First Try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good food, however, the 2 hosts could use some customer service training and skills. We had a reservation which got messed up and we ended up waiting for over 1/2 hour due to the hosts confusion and error. We finally got seated but with no apology or any acknowledgement of it being their confusion. Complimentary drinks or desserts not offered which would have been the classy thing to do and which seasoned hosts/restaurant managers would have done. Put a damper on the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ukombozi
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was very flavorful and well-prepared and presented, but the menu is (intentionally) focused on dishes native to the Campania region, so the menu choices seem pretty limited. Don't know if slow service is a wider issue, but in our case, the main courses were very slow to arrive.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    richard
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great pasta and drinks, bartender Sean was welcoming and knowledgeable
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trencherman
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Although newly opened, Il Casale of Lexington has already smoothed its operation. It is immensely popular, and seems to attract a younger crowd. Its traditional Italian menu has more courses than we wanted, yet everything we ordered was delicious and interesting. Service, by a team, is friendly and considerate. One con is that each course must be ordered separately, and prices are high. But we enjoyed our dining experience, and no doubt will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Foodie87VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Loved the Belmont menu, decor and level of service so was looking forward to trying Lexington restaurant. Waited half hour for server though water filled twice. Finally stopped a server and she immediately apologized, took order though not her table and had bread sent. She was great but while food and drink arrived, no one ever checked on us if needed anything or satisfied with entree. Food was ok but not quality of apps or entrees I expected based on Belmont.
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  • Food is Terrific!
    TCandSEM
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This restaurant is a great find in Lexington. I've had dinner at their Belmont location and the noise level was unbearable and I've never been back. This location is different - a bit loud but very tolerable. The service was impeccable as we were well taken care of throughout the evening. The food is outstanding! Highly recommended gem in Lexington.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    bmiller
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had just seen the movie Chef, and we were starving (it was 9 pm). The restaurant was lively but not packed, and our server was wonderfully attentive. We ended up sharing bruschetta and breaded, fried mozzarella and we each had the classical lasagna (especially yum). It was all well prepared and tasty, and the portions were the right size (at least for us). I was especially happy with the bruschetta because often the portion size of this treat is huge. We each had two pieces for the modest price of $5. The prices were generally not low but not as high as other reviews had led me to believe. We will return. It's especially nice to have it near Lexington's wonderful movie theater.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice,
    TMsbh
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a nice dinner. Was great to sit outside. Food was good. Service a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet