Chiara Bistro
Chiara Bistro

Chiara Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarabistro.com/
  • Phone: 7814618118x
  • 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: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
  • 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: 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.com
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Chiara Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (67)fit for foodies (60)special occasion (49)romantic (35)notable wine list (22)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Perfect
    auntieshar
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Friendly staff.Knowledgeable staff.Relaxing atmosphere.Hidden gem! Delucious everytime, every dish, every app, every sip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent food...
    1ValleyGuy
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines Weekend Snow Date
    RedcapVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day Valor
    Gurnetian
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and tasty local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe the kitchen was overwhelmed..
    LocalFoodie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep trying...
    Shadow
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are generally quite happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Olivia
    LYNN
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food and pleasant owners
    maria
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special evening
    MyrnaVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem
    BobT
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion! Met all
    Celebrate6
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Special occasion! Met all our expectations! Excellent from start to finish!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our second visit recently
    DinersX
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Our second visit recently did not disappoint...The food was great, the service equally so. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting Better with Age!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was our third visit to Chiara. Our first trips, the restaurant was very good, the food was super yummy, but they hadn't quite hit their stride. Boy have they ever now! Everything was revelatory--the gnocchi were perfect textured, the pork was deliciously gamey, and the cheesecake was AMAZING. Cocktails still need a little sprucing, but they were fresh in flavor, just could have been a little more chilled, and a bit prettier. Server was a delight. Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I celebrated my 43rd wedding anniversary this past Thursday night with my husband, and my sister-in-law and brother-in - law. We had a wonderful time as always. The food was delicious and the it felt like we were in Boston instead of the suburbs .Cozy and warm, very friendly,very special. I'm looking forward to the upcoming paint nights on Sundays. Marybeth
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEIGHBORHOOD GEM, AMAZING FOOD
    Bob64
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    One of several visits for us to this wonderful place. Great food, open kitchen and well trained servers. Also free wine tastings from time to time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Service, food and the whole experience exceeded our expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    Crush
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    It bustling from 6 PM to 9 PM, when we left. Nonetheless, we were treated well from the hostess, the barkeep to our waitress. The food was most impressive. The menu is fascinating and hard to pick from, given the variety a great choices. I finally landed on the Braised Pork Shank, which came with a Sweet Potato Gratin. The presentation was great, but for me, it's the taste and texture that counts most. As fabulous as the shank was, I will never forget the Sweet Potato Gratin. It was a delicately layered creation reminding me of a beautiful and finely crafted work of art. It was even better in my mouth than to the eye! Dinner at Chiara was an impressive experience. Thank you for the masterfully orchestrated evening. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This was our first visit. My husband, son and I loved the food- fantastic appetizers of calimari and meatballs as well as the main entrees- salmon and burger! I loved the merlot wine. The restaurant was cozy, beautiful and quiet. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in the suburbs
    Patb
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Dinner at Chiara was great from start to finish. The menu is small, but the food was excellent. Steve, the manager was very friendly! I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service so so
    ctjbos
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    After eating there we are not sure how it is a Mediterranean bistro, as the options/flavors did not seem to mirror the Mediterranean. However the food was delicious! The service was so-so--we had to wait quite a while for our table despite having reservations & it took a long time for the entrees to arrive--not just to our table but to everyone.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service marred this great spot
    Nomad
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I normally love Chiara, having been there over a half dozen times. But this past week, they suddenly lost their ability to serve the customer. We had to wait 75 minutes after we arrived to get our food without so much as an apology or an extra basket of bread. I blame the waiter for taking a long time to take our drink orders, bring the drinks, and then take our order. We actually had to track him down by the kitchen to place a dessert order. We were there for two hours and others were there longer we saw. I don't mind spending a long time at dinner, but it should be my choice, not a lack of attention from the waiter. I'll try again and hope the service is better next time. Our food was very good once it finally arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine evening!
    fatdog
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The servers were very friendly and efficient without being pushy. The appetizers and meal were very tasty, proportioned just right so we both are everything on our plate but left sated. The presentation of the meal was so well done that I was tempted to take a pic of my salmon before eating it.Overall a great experience and am planning a return visit soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat to go to Chiara...th
    wildcat
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Always a treat to go to Chiara...the food never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    RubyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This had to be one of the finest meals I have ever had....high praise indeed. The meal was perfect from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Impression
    DaveMaynard
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We enjoyed our first visit and will consider returning. The price is on the high side of what we are usually comfortable spending but the food was very good and ample. The seating in the dining area is close and it certainly isn't intimate. It was very dark at our corner table and we had to use the light from our cell phone to read the menu. Neighboring conversations could be overheard quite easily, the noise level was moderate. Service was very friendly and began as attentive but became less so as the evening progressed as the restaurant became busier.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been there before,
    deer
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I have been there before, and both times my meal was great and the service is excellent. It is a nice place in the suburbs for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were a group of 6 - a group
    Megs
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We were a group of 6 - a group that always has at least one person who was underwhelmed. This was not true December 21. The skirt steak was a favorite, my husband loved the salmon and the Brussels sprouts! The service was attentive, we were in front of the fire - a perfect evening. We can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu and Presentation
    appletonVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Very comfortable suburban spot. Excellent ingredients Chef watches over each plate Menu always has unique items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual!
    hungryica
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    My husband and I went here for Thanksgiving after going a few other times and having great experiences. We found ourselves without Thanksgiving Day plans and decided we wanted to go out. The Thanksgiving meal was perfect and it was nice to be able to choose something other than turkey. We each had scallops and salmon along with wild mushroom bisque and shrimp for appetizers. The dessert was a sampler of delicious Thanksgiving desserts—pecan tart, apple pie, and pumpkin cheesecake. The food and service were outstanding. I also really enjoyed getting to talk with the owner too about her dream of making the space into a restaurant (it was formerly a craft store).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Thanksgiving dinner!
    NatuScape
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We booked a table for Thanksgiving, and were very pleased with every aspect of the meal! Service was prompt and courteous, in spire of us forcing them to work a holiday. Will definitely return for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thanksgiving dinner!
    Jfed
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Chiara was a wonderful experience for my mother and I. From the appetizers to the mini deserts. We look forward to our return next Thanksgiving.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chiara
    Narf
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Food was fantastic...best restaurant I have ever been to. Need here twice. Pricey but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner out this year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The menu is unique, pacing of the service of the meal excellent, incredible blending of flavors, textures and presentation. We'll be back and we're bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, long wait
    bluebird2
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Fun evening out - though two cons on a Friday evening. Even though we had a reservation, we waited about an hour to be seated. (However, the staff made it up by offering to buy a round of drinks and/or apps.) Second con - high noise level and loud at times. That said, the food was enjoyable and our server terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like it a lot.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We have been there several times and it never disappoints. The food is good and the service is great. Also, the bar obviously takes pains to ensure superb cocktails, even to the details like the type of cherry used in an excellent Manhattan. We look forward to our next dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed...
    Mangiamo
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We had heard wonderful things from several people so were excited to try Chiara. It was a nice experience and the food was good, but nothing exceptional. It was priced like a good downtown restaurant, but didn't quite merit that. We may or may not go again, but would definitely try other places first. The service was very good, but we weren't seated until almost 1/2 hour after we arrived (on time for our reservation).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always Love Chiara
    BillMc
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Had an early dinner on a Friday night, meeting my wife there as she road home from work. As usual the food is always great there. We had the Calamari appetizer, which was great, along with some oysters. They had a special CA Chardonnay which we both loved and was reasonably priced. I had the Pork Shank which was delicious and my wife was not as hungry and had two small plates, the Scrimp Salad and a small Rack of Lamb I think. We took home the Chocolate desert and all in all as usual it was a great meal, as good as the sorts of places we go to in downtown Boston but only 10 miles away from us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic