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Rialto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rialto-restaurant.com
  • Email: rialto@rialto-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 661-5050
  • Hours of Operation: DINING ROOM
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9pm

    Monday – Saturday: 5pm- 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jody Adams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate gatherings from 10-250 people. Polished hospitality is at the core of dining at Rialto. We believe that every private event is a unique blend of tailored cuisine, professional service and beautiful ambiance. To that end, we harness the creative genius of Chef Jody Adams and the professional planning expertise of Special Events Manager Annie Sarkis to execute each and every event.

    We offer classically elegant, private spaces, ideal for wedding receptions, business meetings, recruiting events, celebratory parties and more. Boston Magazine even named Rialto “best spot for group dining."
  • Private Party Contact: Annie Sarkis (617) 234-8026
  • Special Events & Promotions: Piccolo Menu
    Enjoy our $40 price fixed menu available everyday.

    Belly Up to the Rialto Bar for Burger Night
    Each Sunday the chefs will highlight a special burger with rockin' toppings and hand cut fries for $10!

    $1 Oyster Mondays

    Fall Cooking Classes with Chef Jody Adams
    October 14... Fall Harvest
    November 10... Winter Truffle Indulgence
    December 8... Jody's 7 Fishes: An American Italian Christmas Eve

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eliot Street
  • Public Transit: Red Line to the Harvard Square T Stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Hotel parking is available. We validate for parking after 5 pm for a flat rate of $10.
A word from Rialto
Unwind, Italian-style, at Rialto, where James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams brings an Italian perspective to New England ingredients. This September and October Rialto's kitchen turns its focus to the snowy mountains & mild valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige, whose ideal climates lend themselves to fresh fruit, hearty meats and sausages, smoked hams, and cows milk cheeses like Asiago-- all of which you'll find on our new Fall Dinner Menu. Current menu offerings include Smoky Speck with Stuffed Grape Leaves; handmade Rye Tagliatelle with chanterelles, squashes and asiago; Venison - Chop and Sausage - with buckwheat polenta, and Apple Strudel with Dulce de Leche and Rosemary-Cinnamon Ice Cream. The Boston Globe awarded Rialto a coveted four stars in three consecutive reviews and Gourmet Magazine named it one of the "World's Top Hotel Restaurants." Visit www.rialto-restaurant.com to learn more about private and special events, cooking classes and new menu offerings. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Superb courses 1-3, dessert was very good but not great. Service was prompt and correct."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We went to Rialto for my wife's birthday. Every aspect of the dining experience was pretty much perfect. The bar is wonderful and a great place to spend time before dinner. The bartender was really friendly and knowledgable. Tell her what you like and let her choose what drink to make for you. You won't regret it. As for the food, there's not much to say except you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our dining experience was a little disappointing. The first course salad was rather ordinary. The duck, which is the signature dish and had been very tough the last two times I had it (a year or more ago), was very good and reasonably tender but not like the old days! The carrot cake was very disappointing. The former cake, a real layer cake, was excellent. This was trying too hard but not coming up with a delicious cake. Four spoons of cake, a HUGE mound of fatty cream and raw raisins. Why would one want raw raisins in a dessert? My husband did not like his gnocchi for a main course. He was also disappointed with the maple pecan profiteroles. Suggest simpler food with best ingredients. We are fans of JAdams and want to return."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It was a all around beautiful place to have dinner. A great staff! Excellent food and wine."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Few restaurants delivery consistently gorgeous food and Rialto does all the time!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The waiter was wonderful. The soup was good but not really special. The pork cheeks were good but also not really memorable. The roast duck was the best I've ever tasted. The drinks were interesting and tasty!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our visit to Rialto was just marvelous. We have dined at Rialto numerous times and have always been just delighted with the food, the service and the overall experience. It seems that everything the chef prepares is simply magnificent. Highly recommend - never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We ate here during Boston's restaurant week and ordered from the associated menu. From the pre-meal cocktails to the meal, wine, and dessert, everything was delicious! The service was also very good and we had no complaints. We will definitely eat here again in the future and will recommend Rialto to all our friends. We might try sitting at the bar next time, which looked to be a more vibrant, energetic dining experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I realize there are some risks to restaurant week but we needn't have feared. The selection was good for prix fixe and food/service was great despite rw and the large size of this place that could cause problems but didn't. Soup was rich, pasta was properly cooked and sauce had subtle, varied flavor."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The table was covered in these adorable stars, which was a nice surprise. Service was attentive and engaging which was great because this was our first time at Rialto. Affordable prix fixe menu that could make anyone feel like a real food juggernaut."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We have long wanted to dine at Rialto and were glad we were able to do that during Boston Dining Out weeks. We tried the prix fixe menu - the food was very good but the seafood stew portion was a little on the spare side. Excellent Italian wine list selections."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our dinner at Rialto fell a little short of our expectations. The food was hit or miss. I loved my appetizer and entree, but my dessert definitely missed the mark and my husband liked his appetizer and dessert, but said his entree lacked flavor. Then there was the service. While our server was extremely pleasant, the time between our appetizers and entree felt like an eternity. I think something must have been off because I saw the chef glance over at our table to see if we had our food yet - we didn't. When the food finally came our server never once asked how everything was. Based on reputation alone I was expecting more consistent food and service to match. I'd give it another try, but I wouldn't run back anytime soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Many chefs during rest wk put together a bargain-basement menu in an attempt to maintain a profit margin. Jody Adams put that concept aside and assembled a very special menu that I imagine she would serve for a gathering of loved ones. Everything was well thought out, gorgeously plated, perfectly balanced, and delicious."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "With a hint of skepticism we made a last minute 'Restaurant Week" reservation at Rialto. We hadn't eaten there in about 10 years. We had one of our best ever dining experiences! The restaurant is lovely - easy on the eyes. We were seated in a quiet, comfortable, semicircular booth. All members of the wait staff hit just the right note - they were not over attentive but were always available with quiet pleasant smiles when a water glass needed filling or a plate needed clearing. The background jazz was wonderful. And there there was the food. Every bite of food was perfection. I would like to return to repeat the entire nite."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I can count on Rialto to be perfect for a birthday or anniversary. Thanks very much to their superb chefs and staff!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Very good food and great ambience, one of the true few high-end dinning experience available in the Cambridge area. Service was unfortunately a bit slow."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always delivers top notch food. This is one of the best kitchens in the city."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Jody Adams and her talented staff have never failed to amaze me with the menu. I dined there in 1995 and was hooked. Though I live in Manhattan, when in town I drag my friends there and they are all very impressed. The food is clever and subtle, and always has a magic feeling. The treatment of seafood is sublime, and the deserts are top notch. The wine list is excellent, and the overall ambience of the dining experience is elegant. It is always a busy place, but the seating seems to make you feel like you are in a nice private room where you can chat with your dinning guests. In the Boston area, I have yet to find a place to dine that is more enjoying. NWhite"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I'd been looking forward to visiting Rialto for a long time, and generally found dinner there a very pleasant experience. My girlfriend and I both got the prix fixe menu, and we both agreed that the first two courses (veal tartar and seared foie gras) were absolutely fantastic. The main courses were good, but not quite as extraordinary as the appetizers, and the monkfish ossobuco had very little reminiscent of ossobuco about it. The deserts, unfortunately, were rather mediocre - the chocolate custard was bland and unremarkable, and paired poorly with the expresso-licorice ice cream. Service generally good, although the main course took a very long time to come out."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal. Everything was wonderful, from the breadsticks to desert."
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "The seasonal fixed price menu was delightful. After a conversation-starting amuse, the first course of veal tartare with quail egg on top, generous portion of truffle, and a nice crispy toast was a fine start. The seared foie and ravioli was rich and delicious. The main course monkfish ossobuco was expertly cooked and a nice portion size. A nice ending with dessert and a fine cappuccino. Not so good: our waiter dropped my drink, shattering it at my feet. Soon after, I heard another crash across the restaurant. We were never brought plates for the bread (which by the way was great), so we kept our amuse plates. We did not get an explanation of each course as it came out, which would have been nice. Would go again for the food!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "There was really only one choice on the price fixed menu, and the items were a bit on the exotic side. The fish ossobucco was the "best" of the two choices that were available, but was not that good. The accompanying wines were superb and the pours were generous. My wife had the steak and it was magnificent."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "After reading mixed reviews about Rialto, I was hesitant about dining here. But after our meal on Friday night I would highly recommend it and would definitely go back. Everything was excellent. We were seated near the window in the furthest dining room. We had a view out the window of the skating rink and this room is much quieter than the bar or the first dining room near the open kitchen. The Fisherman's Soup was a treat in both flavor and presentation. The service from several members of the wait staff was professional but warm and comfortable. The steak and chicken were both flavorful with interesting combinations of vegetables and garnish. Maybe going early (we had 6:30 reservations) before the busy peak made the difference."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I appreciated getting a quiet table that had been requested. Staff was very attentive . My dinner companion and I enjoyed the view from our table by a window. Roasted carrots appetizer seemed to have few carrots. Grilled oyster appetizer was quite interesting and a complex array of oysters, sausage and a popover. Now that's different!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Aside from keeping our water glasses full, the service was very slow."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went to Rialto to catch up and then go to a show at the regatta bar. The choice was Rialto or Henrietta Table at the Charles Hotel. We choice Rialto. It was welcoming from the start...the host/hostess at the front warmly greeted me and my friends were not there yet. I sat at the bar. The bartender was friendly offered drink suggestions and was interacting with the folks who were eating at the bar and they drew me into their conversation. Next time I stay in town I would feel comfortable at the bar. Food was terrific, innovative winter menu, server made suggestions and added some color to the menu so we made informed decisions. We only had a short time before the show so he suggested a quicker dessert. All around a great evening."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was a major disappointment. We have been to Rialto many times in the past and it had been one of our favorites, but it seems to have joined the ranks of formerly nice restaurants in the Boston area that have slipped into mediocrity. The waiter was inattentive - he seemed overworked, running between tables and we, and other guests, had to flag him down (if we could even find him) for more water, another glass of wine, etc. The entrees were served cold, the dessert had literally melted by the time it was served. The music playing in the background sounded like a bad top-40 mix. I'm sad to see this one go, but it is highly unlikely we would ever go back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were seated at a nice table although it was very close to the couple's table next to us (this was not a problem as we were there early and by ourselves for most of the meal). Teatro menu: Tomato soup was excellent and unusual. The salad was average, not exceptional for the price. A bit heavy handed with the vinaigrette as the delicate greens wilted. The pears tasted "off". Gnocchi was delicious. The many vegetables were unusual and interesting to eat. The kale pesto was delicious. Sorbet was good. I would have liked a variety of sorbets instead of all the same. Raspberries and wafer were very good. Bread was delicious, especially the roll. Service was excellent: friendly yet professional"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I was there for a date with My GF of 4 years 2 days after Valentines and with a special request I made to have a flower at the table, nothing flashy, it went well. We arrived and there was a flower in a mni vase with little silver stars around the booth we were at, and our view of the resturant was great. The food, the wine, and aside from some downtime between seeing our waiter it was peaceful, fun and very enjoyable for us. Our Waiter was amazing and his knowledge of the menu was grand. I am not to knowlegable on Wine but I know what I like and he did not dissapoint. My GF had a great night as we did not realize how long we were there until the end. I would definetly recomend this to anyone going out with a group or for a date night."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I'm going to echo what pretty much everyone else here has been saying. The food is great. It's original takes on traditional dishes, and it's a blast. The wait staff was really not knowledgeable. It was painful to watch the waiter hem and haw over really simple questions."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a fantastic Valentine's Day dinner here. We've been coming here 2-3 times per year since the restaurant opened. Never disappoints. Salmon tartare appetizer. Fish soup as good as anywhere in France. Perfect pasta with Lobster. Fresh riff on the American Classic of carrot cake. Well-made cocktails, nice choice of wines by the glass. Even the coffee was good. Gracious and professional service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "the chocolate crema dessert was overdone. otherwise food great. the waiter had too many tables and thus inattentive, which was especially annoying because there were LOTS of other staff flitting about."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a great table overlooking the skating rink. A super view for a cold night, snowy night. The food was outstanding. We tried an old standard (duck) and what seems to be a recent addition (monkfish osso buco). Both were great. The red wine risotto nicely complemented the fish. The waiter recommended a great wine that paired nicely with both meals. Service was on the slow side. Our waiter was very apologetic and comped the veal tartare as it took a VERY long time to come out. We were enjoying the setting and not in a hurry so it was not a big deal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and staff but yet another restaurant where the menu tries to be to eclectic and it was hard to find something I wanted to order."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Really hoping we just hit an very off night. We've been coming to Rialto for 14 years and this was nothing like our normal experience. It started off with a stale bread basket. The salad was not in great shape, lots of damaged leaves. The entrees were fine but not of the caliber we have previously had at Rialto. Gnocchi were heavy and dense and the temperature was incredibly hot as though they had been under a heat lamp for quite a while despite the fact that the restaurant was mostly empty. We both found the chocolate chestnut torta to have a strange flavor (and we love chestnuts) and were unable to eat it."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The food, the service, the setting... Everything was outstanding, we had a wonderful evening, thank you!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "...at our last visit we started out the night in the most romantic atmosphere. We settled in with our drinks and were enjoying them, until...A large party came into the dining room, and refused to sit at their table. Instead they stood in the small dining room, drinking, chatting, laughing loudly, and hovering over the tables nearby. Fortunately we were seated a few tables away. But the din was awful, changed the mood of the place entirely, and they stayed that way for about 30 minutes. Nobody we saw asked them to be seated. It felt like we were in a pub and was extremely unpleasant. For a restaurant that will set you back around $300/couple I would have expected the manager to have dealt with the situation."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The menu has many wonderful options. We started with mixed greens, which were complemented very nicely with pears and stuffed dates. We ordered duck and chicken for entrees, both of which were solidly good--though not amazing. The duck wasn't greasy, but it was almost a bit dry. The smoked chicken was very good. Unfortunately, the waiter forgot to bring our side. The wine list was strong, and we enjoyed a great bottle of nebbiolo at a reasonable price. For two people, including a bottle of wine, we spent $200. I would say it was probably overpriced by about 10-15%, but I would go back."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We loved everything about Rialto--the rooms, ambience, food, and service. The fisherman's soup was beautifully poured right at the table and was better than what I have had in France. The grilled oysters with Andouille sausage exceeded the New Orleans versions. The duck was clearly the best I have ever eaten--crisp blackened skin and tender, flavorful meat with almost no fat. Venison was excellent as well. This meal was as good as it gets in the Boston-Cambridge scene. We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Chose this for a family celebration that featured some older folks who are looking for a great culinary experience but also need a bit of special attention: a quieter alcove and a place with comfortable chairs etc., I thought this turned out to be a great fit. I especially appreciated that they did not push us out the door at all. We came early and stayed for 2.5 hours, and I recognize that it can be hard on a restaurant since they cannot turn the room. Expensive, but worth it."
    Dined on 2/1/2014